AHRC Prehistoric Gold Research Network

  • Alison Sheridon (Organiser)
  • Jana Horak (Organiser)
  • Simon Cuthbert (Invited speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Gold has been treasured as a rare and precious material ever since it was first used in Britain nearly 4500 years ago. Symbols of power that catch the sun’s rays, our Chalcolithic (Copper Age) and Bronze Age gold objects still dazzle and amaze us. But there is much that we still need to find out about which sources of gold had been used, how objects were made, and how the know-how to extract and work gold was passed on. The Arts and Humanities Research Council is funding a Research Network to investigate these and other questions, and the project starts on 1 May 2018. It is a joint project with Amgueddfa Cymru/National Museum Wales. The project will bring together an international group of expert geologists, geochemists, archaeometallurgists, archaeologists and practising goldworkers to define what we know and what we don’t know about gold and its uses and significance between 2450 BC and 800 BC, and how we can go about addressing the outstanding questions.

My presentation was entitled 'Gold sources in Ireland and their characterisation​'.
Period19 Sep 201820 Sep 2018
Event typeWorkshop
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • gold
  • prehistoric
  • archaeology
  • geology
  • geochemistry
  • Bronze age
  • Chalcolithic