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18 April 2012

Stunning Cornish artefact to go on display in Penzance

A stunning Cornish artefact, thought to date back to around 2500 BC, has been returned to the county where it was found following a 150 year stay at the British Museum in London.

The crescent-shaped gold collar necklace, also known as Penwith Iunula, has been loaned to the Penlee House Gallery and Museum in Penzance and is expected to stay there for the foreseeable future.

Discovered in the Gwithian area of the county in 1783, the Bronze Age object has been remarkably well preserved and is expected to be one of the museum’s more popular displays.

Director of the Penlee Alison Bevan was delighted to welcome home the relic. She said: “I had butterflies as it was put on display. It's absolutely exquisite and really exciting to have it on loan.”

Just one of many cultural institutions littered around one of the most beautiful counties in England, it could represent a great day out for any of those enjoying a stay in some nearby 5 star accommodation in Cornwall

Image credit: Purely Penzance

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