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The Salcombe Bronze Age Wreck

Author(s): David Parham

Year: 2013

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Evidence for a submerged middle Bronze Age site close to Salcombe in South Devon was first discovered in 1977 and worked on by Keith Muckelroy prior to his untimely death in 1980. In 2004 the South West Maritime Archaeology group discovered more Bronze Age material close to the 1977 finds and work by the group in conjunction with the British Museum, Bournemouth University and the University of Oxford and led to the discovery of over 320 Bronze Age finds which includes tools and weapons,  metal ingots and a pair of exceptionally rare gold bracelets made of eight identical strands of twisted gold wire, perhaps the most striking finds from the site. These discoveries have made the site one most important recent Bronze Age discoveries in Britain. This paper presents the preliminary results of the work conducted by the an avocational group and a national museum working in partnership.

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The Salcombe Bronze Age Wreck. David Parham. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428593)


Geographic Keywords
United Kingdom Western Europe

Spatial Coverage

min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 609

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America