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Bronze Age treasure to be displayed for first time

Bronze Age artefacts, some which date back 3,000 years, will be the first of their kind to be displayed in Pontypool Museum.

The axes and spearheads are around 3,000 years old. Credit: National Museum Wales

The hoard consists of five Bronze Age objects, including three socketed axes and two spearheads.

The treasure was discovered in November 2014 by Gareth Wileman while metal-detecting in the area of Trevethin, Torfaen and was subsequently declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for Gwent.

This prehistoric hoard and a decorative gold finger-ring of late 16th or early 17th century date and found in the area of Henllys, will be presented to the community.

The gold ring dates from late 16th or early 17th century. Credit: National Museum Wales

The Trevethin hoard is a significant Bronze Age discovery in this area of Wales, where little was previously known. The quick reporting to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales by Gareth enabled us to carefully excavate the find-spot and ensured that we can now better understand these communities living in the Torfaen area 3,000 years ago.

– Mark Lodwick, Portable Antiquities Scheme for Wales