£12,000 needed to keep 3000-year-old buried treasure in Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:43 24 April 2019

The Dawlish hoard

The Dawlish hoard


Buried treasure which remained hidden in a boggy Devon field for about 3,000 years is the subject of a £12,000 appeal to keep it in the county

Four gold bracelets, seven fragments of bronze ingot, two pieces of axe and a section of bronze sword were unearthed by metal detectorists in 2017 near Dawlish.

Now a campaign has been launched to raise enough funds to keep the Dawlish Hoard from being lost to Devon.

Tom Cadbury, assistant curator of Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) says: “If RAMM can't acquire the hoard then it may be sold off and never seen again. To secure the Dawlish Hoard for the people of Devon we need to raise £12,000 to buy, conserve and interpret the treasure.

“Interestingly, the four gold bracelets had all been intentionally folded and the two bronze axes deliberately broken, following a pattern found in other local bronze age hoards.”

The Friends of the Royal Albert Memorial Museums and Art Gallery (FEMAG) are spearheading the campaign and have already committed £500 to the cause.

Donations towards the campaign can be made online by visiting the Friends' Donate page (http://easydonate.org/GOLD) or text GOLD to 70331 to donate £3, to 70970 to donate £5 and to 70191 to donate £10.

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