The Treasure House in Beverley acquires more Treasure!

Tue, 31 Mar 2020

East Riding Museums Service has recently acquired three small but significant additions to its archaeological collections, ranging in date from the Bronze Age to Tudor times.

A silver dress hook (used to fasten a tunic), decorated with beads of silver wire, was a metal detecting find at Wilberfoss in 2018. This has incised decoration in the centre and dates to about 1500-1650. The item was purchased from the British Museum after being declared Treasure.

A second Treasure purchase was a small Bronze Age scrap hoard metal detected on land at Skirpenbeck, also in 2018. Much of this consists of pieces of ingots and casting waste and this was presumably a metal worker's hoard. However, it also includes a fragment of a socketed and ribbed spearhead. The hoard is thought to date to around 1150-800BC.

Finally, the Museums Service has also received a donation of part of an Anglo-Saxon brooch, found at Thwing. Dating to around 800-1000, it has a beautiful design of a bird and branch in the centre, with traces of red and blue enamel that once covered the whole surface.

Said Dr. David Marchant, museums registrar with the council:

"These discoveries show the rich diversity of the East Riding's archaeological heritage. All of these items now appear on our online catalogue - East Riding Treasures Online - which can be found at https://www.eastridingmuseums.co.uk/museums-online/treasure-at-the-treasurehouse/ 

In due course, we also hope to have them on display at the Treasure House in Beverley in our recent acquisitions display."

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