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The Hove Amber Cup

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2010-08-09 16:55:00.0
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Digital Media Bank ID: 317
Description: The Hove Amber Cup
Categories: Timeline/ Bronze Age (c2750-750-BC), Collections / Archaeology, Learning Themes/ Archaeology  

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Licence: CC BY-SA
Credit Line: Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Object or Artwork info

Type (of Object or Artwork): Cup
Title (of Artwork / Object): The Hove Amber Cup
Date Created (of Object / Artwork): 1239 BC
Description (Object or Artwork): This is the Hove Amber Cup, made from a single piece of amber from northern Europe and dating to the Early Bronze Age. A calibrated date of 1500 BC has been determined for the cup, as a result of the radiocarbon dating of an oak knot from the coffin, in which the amber cup was found. The Amber Cup was discovered during the excavation of a burial mound, known as Hove Barrow, in 1856-1857. Hove Barrow was located in an area of Hove, which is now Palmeira Avenue and from sketches and documentation was a large round, slightly elongated barrow. The barrow was removed to make way for building operations and inside it an oak coffin was discovered, about nine feet below the surface of the barrow, which was apparently carved from a single tree trunk. Within the coffin, fragments of human skeletal remains were discovered and in the centre of the coffin the Amber Cup, a whetstone (HA230610), a bronze dagger (HA230611) and an axe hammer (HA230609) were discovered.
Subject tags:
archaeology
   
Other Keywords: archaeology, wessex, culture, hove, barrow, palmeira
Place:
Latitude: 50.8258
Longitude: -0.1636

File info

Original Filename: dmas_ha230608_d01.jpg
Media: Image
Size: 2.23 MB; 3144 x 2491 pixels; 266 x 211 mm (print at 300 DPI); 832 x 659 mm (screen at 96 DPI);
Orientation: Landscape

Administrative info

Linked Accession no.: HA230608