Treasure found in Torfaen

Credit: National Museum of Wales

Late Bronze Age spearheads and axes have been declared treasure by H.M. Coroner for Gwent.

The hoard was discovered by Gareth Wileman in Trevethin, Torfaen in November 2014 when he was metal-detecting on ploughed farm land.

The hoard contains two spearheads and three socketed axes, all of bronze. The hoard may be dated to the Ewart Park phase of the Late Bronze Age around 1000-800 BC, or 3,000 to 2,800 years ago.

The character of this metalwork hoard is interesting and mixed, with elements similar to artefacts found in hoards from south-east Wales, The Marches and south-east England. The spearhead with two half-oval shaped openings is a weapon type commonly present in warrior hoards of the Broadward tradition, found across the Midlands and south-east England.

– Adam Gwilt, Principal Curator of Prehistory at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales