The Arts and Humanities Research Council is funding a Research Network to investigate these and other questions, and the project starts on 1 May 2018. It is a joint project with Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales.
The project will bring together an international group of expert geologists, geochemists, archaeometallurgists, archaeologists and practising goldworkers to define what we know and what we don’t know about gold and its uses and significance between 2450 BC and 800 BC, and how we can go about addressing the outstanding questions.
Each week, we shall be featuring a gold object from this period that has been found in Britain’s auriferous (gold-bearing) regions: Scotland, Wales, and north-west and south-west England.
There will be public events associated with the Network’s project. Watch out for details in our Exhibitions and Events section.
Listen to a conversation between broadcaster Win Scutt and geochemist Dr Chris Standish about gold and the issues surrounding the sourcing of archaeological gold artefacts in this podcast on Soundcloud.