Archaeologists Reveal Astounding Bronze Age Microscopic Gold Work from Around Stonehenge

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Archaeologists have revealed the process utilized by highly-skilled craftsmen to create the magnificent gold artifacts that were found around Stonehenge.  According to Discovery News, the gold work involved such tiny components that optical experts believe they could only have been made by children or adults with extreme short-sightedness, and would have caused lasting damage to their eyesight.

In 1808, William Cunnington, one of Britain’s earliest professional archaeologists, discovered what has become known as the crown jewels of the ‘King of Stonehenge’. They were found within a large Bronze Age burial mound just ½ mile from Stonehenge, known today as Bush Barrow. Within the 4,000-year-old barrow, Cunnington found ornate jewellery, a gold lozenge that fastened his cloak, and an intricately decorated dagger.

“The very finest gold work involved the making and positioning of literally tens of thousands of tiny individually-made components, each around a millimetre long and around a fifth of a millimetre wide,” said David Dawson, Director of the Wiltshire Museum in Devizes where the micro-gold working achievements are on permanent display.

A report in The Independent explained the amazing process involved in creating the handle of just one dagger, adorned with up to 140,000 tiny gold studs just a third of a millimetre wide. The first stage involved manufacturing extremely fine gold wire, just a little thicker than a human hair. The end of the wire was then flattened to create a stud-head, and was then cut with a very sharp flint or obsidian razor, just a millimetre below the head. This delicate procedure was then repeated literarily tens of thousands of times.

“Next, a tiny bronze awl with an extremely fine point was used to create minute holes in the dagger handle in which to position the studs,” wrote The Independent. “Then a thin layer of tree resin was rubbed over the surface as an adhesive to keep the studs in place. Each  stud was then carefully placed into its miniscule hole – probably with the help of a very fine pair of bone or wooden tweezers,  because the studs are too small to have been placed in position directly by the artisan’s fingers.”

“We estimate that the entire operation – wire manufacture, stud-making, hole-making, resin pasting and stud positioning – would have taken at least 2500 hours to complete,” said David Dawson.

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  • James

    I do know that clear into the mid 60s. Micro gold wire for jewlery was still made in Spain and Porchagule by placeing it between sheep skin pads and rolling it out heating it and rolling it out more. So not that amazeing. The wire. It was a ancient art back then.

  • Jason A

    Oh come on, the world is only a few thousand years old. The bible told me so and Jesus would never lie. So how would this have been made 30 thousand years ago? You probably think you are the genetic offspring of a sea slug or a monkey or something. Some people are so ignorant. Besides the author said the barrow was only 4 thousand years old so how did a 30 thousand year old item get in there? Funny how science always says one thing then a few years later changes it because of a new “truth”. Eggs are bad, eggs are good. Meat is bad, meat is good. Global warming, not global warming. Seems science is more like guessing than knowing. I will stick to the real truth, Jesus.

  • matrix reloaded

    The history of humans is forbidden. When the library in Alexandria was burned down, we lost everything.

    Look at what people are taught these days. The children going to the government indoctrination centers are not even taught about the founding fathers anymore or what happened in Germany in the 30’s and 40’s.

    There are ancient sites and artifacts that defy technology that is available right now. One area that is beyond belief is Puma Puku in Boliva.