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Oldest Discovered Gold Jewelry in Britain: Leekfrith torcs

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One of the torcs is a Celtic art-decorated bracelet, and the other three are necklaces.[2] Two of them are made with twisted gold wire, and two have finials shaped like trumpets.[5] The gold content has been measured to be at least 80%[4] – slightly higher than 18 carat. The weight of the pieces varies from 31 grams (1 oz) to 230 grams (8 oz),[4] and over 350 grams (10 oz) in total.[1]

According to Julia Farley, curator of British and European Iron Age collections of the British Museum,[2] the torcs were made in the area of what is now Germany or France,[5] most likely in the period 400–250 BC (La Tène period). Farley commented:[4][6]

This unique find is of international importance. It dates to around 400–250 BC and is probably the earliest Iron Age gold work ever discovered in Britain. The torcs were probably worn by wealthy and powerful women, perhaps people from the Continent who had married into the local community. Piecing together how these objects came to be carefully buried in a Staffordshire field will give us an invaluable insight into life in Iron Age Britain.




Thought you all might be interested in some recent archaeological findings in the time period of 0 A.D.
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