Treasure of the British Museum: Milton Keynes Hoard

Milton Keynes Hoard  (1500-800 BC)   A hoard is an accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation or future use. In ancient times, in dangerous times valuables were often buried for safekeeping. When the danger was over, the owner could return and retrieve their valuables.  If they were killed or captive or otherwise unable to return, their hoard would be preserved and found in later times. Another type of hoard would be those that would be found with grave goods. When someone died, some cultures buried their possessions with them. The Keynes Hoard was discovered hidden in a broken pot. The contents pictured are two gold torcs and three gold bracelets and the pottery in which they were buried.   © Trustees of the British Museum

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