About this object

A gold hoop that is most likely to have been a personal ornament (e.g., finger ring) rather than as a ‘money ring’ as described the excavator. During John Garstang’s 1909-1910 excavation season at Meroë (site no. 294) he found within a ceramic jar filled with gold dust and nuggets, three trapezoid-shaped gold spacer beads, broken glass and beads, a scarab, a flat scarab seal, and three 'money rings'. Garstang has reproductions of the trapezoid-shaped gold spacer beads made from the gold dust and nuggets found with the originals.

A slip of paper with the object reads: "Mr Mond. 1oz. 2dwts. 1gr." [this equals 32.45g]. There is also a note written by the curator, Miss Elaine Tankard, May 1947, that reads: "It is probable that the weight of gold has diminished slightly, as it was originally kept loose in the velvet lined case, and small fragments were slipping out. I therefore transferred it to a cellophane wrapper when I received it from Dr. Allan. E. Tankard"

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date made
    6th century BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Professor John Garstang
  • Collector
    Liverpool University Institute of Archaeology
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Sudan: Meroë
  • Date collected
    1910 - 1911
  • Measurements
  • Related people

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  • Liverpool Excavations at Meroe 1909 -1914

    Start date: 1906
    End date: 1906
    Description: Excavations carried out by Professor John Garstang, on behalf of the Egyptian Excavations Committee, affiliated to the Univeristy of Liverpool Institute of Archaeology.


Previous owners

  • John Garstang

    Owned from: 1911
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1949
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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