Sussex Loop, Bronze Age

THIS BRACELET, or armlet, is made of bronze and known as a Sussex Loop. When it was new it would have been a shining golden colour.

Sussex Loops have been found only within the South Downs/Weald area and appear to be the work of a local craftsman or workshop.They were probably worn by men as status items, since bronze was valuable.

They were made about 3,500 years ago in the middle Bronze Age. A thick bronze rod was bent double so that it formed a loop at one end. The rod was then bent round so that the ends of the rod fitted into the loop.

More than 30 Sussex Loops have been discovered, generally buried in twos or threes. However, five were recently uncovered near Lewes. They form part of a discovery now known as the Near Lewes Hoard.