The final push: help share the Dawlish Hoard
1 August 2019
Your help has saved the Dawlish Hoard for Devon! Only the final 5% is now needed to complete conservation, research, display and sharing of the hoard. The hoard has now been purchased and collected from the British Museum. It is now safely stored at RAMM.
Just £350 of the £12,000 target is still needed. Raising this final amount will ensure that essential work is completed and the hoard displayed in RAMM, with further interpretation in Dawlish.
Please give generously to ensure that this unique treasure can be enjoyed by the people of Devon and beyond for many years to come.
This treasure was discovered in 2017 by metal-detectorists in a boggy field near Dawlish. It had lain buried for about 3,000 years, since the late bronze age. The hoard consists of four gold bracelets, eleven fragments of bronze ingot, two fragments of axe and a section of bronze sword. The hoard was deliberately buried rather than just lost, with the gold bracelets intentionally folded and the ingots and weapons purposely broken. We don’t know why for certain, but from other finds it seems it seems to be relatively common practice. There may have been a practice of ritually ‘killing’ the power of objects by folding or breaking them or perhaps they were made as offerings to gods or ancestors. The combination of gold bracelets with bronze weapons and bronze ingots within the Dawlish Hoard is also unique in the British bronze age, contributing to the find’s importance and intrigue.
How you can help
Donations can be made online by visiting the Friends’ DONATE page or text GOLD to:
70331 to give £3
70970 to give £5
70191 to give £10.*
Donations can also be made by cheque and phone: call 01392 265960 during RAMM opening hours (Tues – Sun, 10am – 5pm). Cheques should be made out to FEMAG and posted to the Development Officer, RAMM, Queen St, Exeter EX4 3RX.
Unearthing prehistoric stories
“RAMM is all about making the heritage of this area accessible to local people” says Tom Cadbury, RAMM Assistant Curator. “This hoard will help RAMM tell some amazing stories about prehistoric people in Devon. The bracelets and axes were found deliberately damaged, following a pattern seen in other local bronze age hoards which offers a tantalising glimpse into an ancient belief system. The display of the Dawlish hoard at RAMM will give visitors an intriguing insight into bronze age culture and societies; communities that are not only remote in time to our own, but display fascinatingly different attitudes and values.”Please help us to conserve the Dawlish Hoard for the future and interpret it for the people of Devon. If the Friends of Exeter Museum and Art Gallery Trust raise too much or too little, your donation will be used to buy, conserve or interpret other museum objects.
Photos by Laura Burnett of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
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