Hove Amber Cup
One of Britain's most important Bronze Age finds, discovered whilst excavating a burial mound in Palmeira Avenue in 1856. It dates to about 3,200 years ago and is made from one piece of Baltic amber.
Imagine stepping back in time thousand years, then another two thousand years. You are standing near the sea in Hove looking at a long barrow, a burial mound 180 paces in circumference.
In 1856 this burial mound was excavated to make way for the building of Palmeira Avenue. Inside the burial mound was an oak coffin carved from a tree trunk. It contained bone fragments, a copper-alloy dagger, whetstone and an axe-head as well as the precious amber cup. These grave goods are over 3,200 years old.
The cup is made from one piece of Baltic amber. Its burial in Hove suggests early trade links between England and the Baltic. The presence of this unique and valuable object may signify that the Hove burial mound was the grave of a very important person.
The cup is part of Brighton and Hove Museums' collection. It was lent to the British Museum in 2010 for a major exhibition in conjunction with the BBC entitled 'The History of the World', but is now back in a secure cabinet at Hove Museum
" It is no exaggeration to say that the Amber Cup is a priceless treasure and Hove's 'jewel in the crown' " Elaine Evans BEM, sponsor of the new archeology department at Brignton Museum (currently under construction)