Bar Torcs

Neck ornaments and armlets made from a bar usually of a square cross section which was then twisted from left to right. A more complex variety is represented by flange twisted torcs, in which a plain body of square cross section was hammered to create flanges.

Bar torcs usually have terminals that are bent back and trumpet shaped.

Dating and areas of discovery

Date: 1400-1100BC circa
Distribution: Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland


Bar torcs BERK-687927


Bar torc BM 1891,0417.1

A late Bronze Age bar torc


  • Eogan, G. 1967. The associated finds of gold bar torcs. Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland 98 (2), 129-75