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Mold pupils create copy of precious Gold Cape

Published date: 01 April 2014 |
Published by: Romilly Scragg 
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PUPILS have created their own version of an ancient artefact discovered near their school.

Children from St David’s Primary School, Mold, worked with archaeologists from the National Museum of Wales to make a full-size model of the famous Mold Cape.

The original Cape is made of solid gold, dates from about 1900-1600 BC in the Bronze Age and was found in 1833 on a site not far from the children’s school.

Working with archaeologists Dr Alice Forward and Kenneth Brassill from the Cardiff museum, all 15 year five children at the school used cardboard and gold leaf to make their version of the cape, using a range of methods to reproduce the relic’s famous engravings.

The day-long workshop took place following an earlier visit from the archaeologists last September during a dig done by the museum’s at the site in Mold.

The schoolchildren were involved in the dig and during this visit were able to look at other items unearthed at the site.

St David’s headteacher Simon Hughes said working with the archaeologists had helped “bring history alive”.

“It really did help put things into perspective,” he said.

“We are here and 4,000 years ago there were people on the same land.

“Our school field looks up to the site of where the Mold Cape was found. In geographical terms, we’re next door neighbours.”

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