The Mold Cape

Nicholas C. Rossis

I’m fresh back from my Easter break, and have the story of one of the most impressive treasures ever found in Britain to share with you: the Mold Cape.

No, it’s not moldy (although after so many centuries buried underground, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were). This stunning gold cape was discovered nearly 200 years ago in a field near the town of Mold in Wales:

Mold Cape | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book
Image: British Museum

As Kurt Lee Price reports on Quora, The cape was discovered on 11 October 1833 in a mound known locally as Bryn yr Ellyllon (Hill of the Goblins). Workmen were taking the mound apart to get at the stone inside to use for road building. Inside the mound, they found crushed gold wrapped around a human skeleton with amber beads, strips of bronze, and another gold object.

Everything found in the mound was recorded by Charles Butler Gough, who…

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