Clandon Gold Lozenge
Burial sites of the prehistoric past often contain artefacts which reveal surprising aspects of an elite group’s cultural sophistication.
Typical of Wessex finds from this time, the gold lozenge displays incredibly precise engraving with linear parallelism and geometric shapes reflecting Bronze Age design cues in decoration of ceramic goods.
Gold provided a ‘tarnish-free’ metal for high-status objects which displayed the wealth and hierarchical significance of its owner.
The Clandon gold lozenge is a very rare find – only two others have been discovered in Britain, both near Stonehenge.