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    • Idby: 0014358F907011B7
    • Broad period: BRONZE AGE
    • Object type: TORC
    • Primary material: Gold

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Record ID: NMS-5E3BC2
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Circumstances: Found whilst digging trenches through a paddock for gas pipes. No further objects were recovered at the time of discovery, however, the finder states that in recent years the owners have had substantial amounts of topsoil added to level the site. Description: Complete gold Middle Bronze Age four flange twisted bar torc. The main bar has been cut longitudinally to create an X-shaped cross-section and has been twisted relatively evenly. The hoop has been slightly distorted and a number of the crests of the twist have been bent or otherwise damaged. At either end of the tw…
Created on: Friday 12th May 2017
Last updated: Thursday 5th July 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Dunham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: WILT-247826
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: A fragment of a gold torc. The torc consists of an elongated shape bar that is broken on both ends and circular in cross section. One of the ends has been hammered and flattened. Dimensions: The fragment measures 25.71mm in length, 7.61mm in maximum width 5.72mm thick. The object weighs 6.89g. Metal composition: Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of a gold torc fragment indicated a surface composition of approximately 94-97% gold, 3-5% silver, the rest being copper (see appended report for details). Discussion and Date: It was originally belie…
Created on: Monday 3rd October 2016
Last updated: Friday 2nd February 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Cherhill', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-5AC896
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
TREASURE CASE 2016 T662. A distorted annular gold hoop of Bronze Age or Iron Age date. The hoop is formed of cylindrical band of sheet metal that is flat in cross section and with no joins apparent. The band has been folded longitudinally to create a central ridge but the whole object is now bent and distorted. There is no decoration on either side of the band. This object is similar to a so-called' dorsal muff' from an Iron Age torc (see NMS-C6DFC1 / 2007 T119 for comparison), but it may also an ornament (such as a hiar or dress accessory) of Middle to Late Bronze Age date however it…
Created on: Thursday 18th August 2016
Last updated: Thursday 29th November 2018
Spatial data recorded.


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Record ID: DOR-324B57
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Report to H. M. Coroner on find of potential Treasure: Middle Bronze Age torc fragment (2003 T19) Fragment of one end of a four-flange twisted torc consisting of part of the body and plain terminal; the greater part of the terminal is missing. The break at the terminal end is rough; at the body end the piece appears to have been cut by blow(s) from something like a chisel. It is likely to have been broken, and probably folded, in antiquity. Maximum length (as folded) 24mm; maximum thickness (flange to flange) 8mm; thickness at terminal 5mm, weight 12.95 grams. Identificati…
Created on: Wednesday 11th May 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 11th May 2016
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'West Dorset', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SOM-AA390A
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Treasure case 2016 T203: Acquired by Somerset Museum Service Description: A fragment of Middle Bronze Age flange- or bar-twisted gold torc. The torc would have been manufactured from a cast bar into which four longitudinal cuts were made. These were then worked to create an X-shaped cross-section and finally the bar was twisted to create a spiral effect. Only a small portion of the original object survives. The fragment terminates in clean breaks at either end and is likely to have been cut. It has been bent into a U-shape with one terminal projecting upwards and the other bent…
Created on: Thursday 17th March 2016
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Horton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-EF04B8
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A short length of twisted gold with three thin ribs, Possibly a small section of torc.
Created on: Friday 20th November 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Meldreth area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-C8DC02
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A fragment of Middle Bronze Age (Taunton or Penard phase, c. 1400 - 1150 BC) flange- or bar-twisted gold torc, consisting of a section including one complete end. It is bent at a curved right angle shortly before the break at the other end. The complete end is square in cross-section, measuring 2.9x2.8mm. From here the flanges start to become defined and then begin to twist. At the deepest the depth between the flanges is 1.5mm deep. At the bend, the fragment measures 4.4x3.8mm in cross-section then narrows to the break where it is very much thinner, measuring 4.8x1.7mm. The fragmen…
Created on: Wednesday 18th November 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Droxford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CAM-E5D871
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description: The 'East Cambridgeshire' torc is a four-flange twisted bar torc of Middle Bronze Age date, known to belong to the Penard phase of c.1300-1150 BC (Taylor 1980, 62; Needham 2001; Roberts 2007). It is made of three separate components: two very similar, undecorated, bent-back, 'trumpet'-shaped, terminals affixed at either end of an exceptionally long (126.5cms, excluding the terminals) spiral twisted bar with very regular cruciform (i.e. '+' shaped) cross-section. The advantages of casting such an elaborate torc in three pieces is discussed by Taylor (1980, 61-2). A neat c…
Created on: Friday 2nd October 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Cambridgeshire District Area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LIN-709481
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Treasure reference number 2015 T204: a fragment of a Middle Bronze Age gold torc Potential Treasure Report for H M Coroner 2015 T204: Near Grimsby, Lincolnshire: Gold torc fragment of Middle Bronze Age date Circumstances: On the 12th of March 2015 a fragment of Middle Bronze Age gold torc was found by [ ] whilst searching with a metal detector on cultivated land with the permission of the land owner. Description: A fragment consisting of a length of the body and one terminal of a gold torc of Middle Bronze Age date. The fragment has an uneven break and the terminal is trum…
Created on: Monday 16th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'near Grimsby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-FACB19
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Small fragment of a twisted gold ornament, cut at both ends. Max. surviving length 26.26mm; breadth c 9.78 x 8.71mm; weight 6.34 grams. Fragment of a flange-twisted torcof the Middle Bronze Age, circa 1300-1150 BC. Such fragments are typically cut at the ends. The item thus qualifies as Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act of 1996.
Created on: Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Powerstock', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-CC3000
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A three-sided gold fragment, 25mm long, now worn and flattened. This is a fragment probably from a three-stranded twisted bar torc dating to the Middle Bronze Age, c 1300-1150BC. Gillian Varndell, Curator, Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory
Created on: Friday 8th November 2013
Last updated: Sunday 8th November 2015
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Record ID: LIN-76B150
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Lincolnshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
2011 T890 Circumstances of Discovery On 10th December 2011, while metal detecting on cultivated land in Ancaster, three gold rods fused together were found, the probable remains of a broken and melted down twisted wire torc of Middle Bronze Age date (c.1300-1150BC). One is made from twisted gold, one is a round, smooth rod with a pitted surface, the last is also round but the feint hint of of a twisted surface survives on one side. The hoard was found in the parish of Ancaster, Lincolnshire. Description 1. Three gold rods fused together. All three rods may once have been…
Created on: Tuesday 13th December 2011
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ancaster', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: IOW-C0C054
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Isle of Wight
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Bronze Age gold flanged- twisted torc fragment can be dated typologically to the Taunton (c. 1400-1250 BC), more probably the Penard (c. 1300-1150 BC), metalwork phases of the Middle Bronze Age. Treasure case no. 2011 T501. The coiled flanges have a regular spacing although are slightly tighter on one end. Both ends have been cut and as a result the flanges were crushed and are flattened. The profile is slightly curved. The rim on the flanges has marks and is flattened in some areas. Possible traces of repair between flanges. Length: 40.76 mm, Maximum Thickness: 6.71 mm, Wei…
Created on: Tuesday 30th August 2011
Last updated: Friday 12th October 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Shorwell', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-A99B98
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold rod, possibly from an unfinished twisted torc or arm/neck ornament. It is square in section with two broken ends. These edges have been made using a swage with a triangular indentation which creates a feathery edge that has then been hammered back into the metal, as they could not file them off as they would now, and can be seen as wavy lines on the sides of the fragment (Martin Page pers comm). Similar examples have been found individually, from Paul parish (CORN-B6B241). If it is an unfinished twisted neck ornament as seems possible, then it would date from the Middle Bronze Ag
Created on: Monday 22nd November 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 13th November 2013
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Camborne', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BUC-C07E88
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Two middle Bronze Age ribbon torcs. Description 1. A gold ribbon torc with hooks at both ends which has been folded and bent in eight places. A narrow thicker section of un-hammered wire has been left in the centre of the torc and at both ends. The latter narrow lengths have been folded back on themselves to form the simple hook fasteners. The surfaces are smooth and the colour a shiny light gold. Folded length: 100.5mm; approx unfolded length: 346.7mm; max width of ribbon; 8.8mm; min width of ribbon: 2mm; thickness range; 0.4mm-1.4mm; length of hooks: 8.4mm; thickness of hoo…
Created on: Wednesday 19th August 2009
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Ellesborough area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-B6B241
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold fragment of a twisted torc, or arm/neck ornament, with three-flanged twisted body, which is triangular in section, and expanded terminal, which is circular in section. Twisted ornaments from this period are normally four-flanged and square in section, so this example is unusual, and perhaps was rejected as it has been levered off the longer piece at one end and folded in on itself, ready to be placed in a crucible and melted down to be re-used. The terminal also looks unfinished. Similar examples have been found in a gold hoard from Amalveor, Towednack, also in Penwith, but these…
Created on: Thursday 15th May 2008
Last updated: Tuesday 17th April 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Paul', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-687927
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold twisted armlet that has been coiled five times (Middle Bronze Age circa 1300-1100BC). The armlet has a four-flange twisted body and plain terminals which expand gently towards the ends (length: 58.42mm; diameter at widest point: 7.65mm). The terminals are doubled back. There is some modern damage (?plough damage) to two of the coils and this has distorted the overall shape of the coiled armlet. Dimensions: weight: 262g; length: 123.69mm; width: 75.35mm; thickness: 81.31mm. This is part of a Middle Bronze Age hoard consisting of two twisted arm/neck ornaments and three penannula…
Created on: Wednesday 20th October 2004
Last updated: Monday 20th October 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crowdown', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-83AC41
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Berkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold twisted slender armlet that has been coiled six times (Middle Bronze Age circa 1300-1100BC). The armlet has a four-flange twisted body and plain terminals which expand gently towards the ends (length: 42.10mm; diameter at widest point: 5.12mm). The terminals are doubled back. The armlet is coiled neatly into a roughly circular shape. Two of the coils have been bent back at ninety degrees to the rest of the coils, this may be deliberate or it may be modern damage, ?plough damage. Dimensions: weight: 132.43g; length: 83.33mm; width: 72.94mm; thickness: 46.99mm. This is part of a M…
Created on: Monday 27th September 2004
Last updated: Saturday 24th March 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Crow Down', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-BF4245
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Oxfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
The neckring is made from a heavy, thick bar of oval cross-section, which is thickest in the middle and tapers towards both ends. The terminals are finished off as flat oval surfaces. The object appears to have had a good surface finish prior to damage and it has been left entirely plain. The original curvature of the ornament has been distorted asymmetrically so that one arm is more extended than the other. The middle of the bar bears deep >cuts= across both faces apparently having been formed by ancient chisel strikes. Dimensions and metal content: Maximum dimension (distorted) 203…
Created on: Wednesday 9th July 2003
Last updated: Friday 28th March 2014
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Moulsford', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-BE6A53
Object type: TORC
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Norfolk
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An undecorated gold torc, or neckring, made from a thin rod of gold tapering towards either terminal. One terminal is intact and is hooked. Dimensions and metal content: 1. Maximum diameter:155mm; maximum thickness: 3.4mm; thickness of the intact terminal end: 0.5mm; weight: 36.1g. X-ray fluorescence analysis of the torc conducted at the British Museum indicated an approximate gold content of 81 per cent.
Created on: Wednesday 9th July 2003
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'CANTLEY', grid reference and parish protected.


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