Thursday, September 22, 2011

19. Mold Gold Cape (Wales, 1900-1600 BC)

Meanwhile, more luxury in the middle of nowhere...
This very cool object was uncovered by some workmen in Wales in the 1830s; the skeleton of a smallish person was wearing it (a woman or a child, they say). It’s made of a thin layer of gold, pummeled out from the inside into the patterns you see here. I believe he said there’s a ping-pong ball worth of gold in this coat. As for the person who was buried, obviously a person of great status, it’s not clear if this was a woman or a child or what--but then again, in early societies like the ones up there, the ones that built Stonehenge and Avebury, you were more or less an adult when you were 10 and you were likely dead by the time you were 25. In Egypt, they lived to be older; but life was a bit rougher up north.

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