Ribbon Torcs

Neck ornaments and armlets made by hammering an ingot into a flat band that was then twisted from left to right. The terminals are usually circular in section and bent back to form hooks, they also may have spherical knobs.

Dating and areas of discovery

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


Gold ribbon torc BM 1849,0301.24

Gold ribbon torc.

Gold ribbon torc BM WG2

. Gold torc, flat spiral with hooked terminals.


  • Eogan, G. 1983. Ribbon Torcs in Britain and Ireland. In Clarke, D.V. & O'Connor, A. (eds.) From the Stone Age to the 'Forty-five: studies presented to R B K Stevenson. Edinburgh: Donald, 87-126.