Bronze Age Gold from Wales

Middle Bronze Age gold flange-twisted bar torc

This is large circular torc. The bar of gold has been hammered into ‘flanges’ and then twisted clockwise to create a ‘flange twisted’ form. The terminals of the bar are plain and circular-section and slightly expand towards a convex end creating a conical form. These were soldered onto the bar and are hooked around each other, completing the circle of the torc.

Project Title: Gold in Britain’s auriferous regions, 2450-800 BC: towards a coherent Research Framework and Strategy. Status: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Network Grant funded project (2018-2019)

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Collection Area

Archaeology & Numismatics

Item Number

66.511/1

Find Information

Site Name: Central Wales, Wales

Collection Method: surface find

Notes: Associated find. The torc was found with a Middle Bronze Age palstave in a cellar in Aberystwth in the mid-1960’s. It is believed that the two were found while burying dead livestock, but the finder had died fifteen years previous so confirmation of the association is not possible.

Acquisition

Purchase, 8/12/1966

Measurements

length / mm:1245.0
diameter / mm:366.0

Material

gold

Location

St Fagans Life Is gallery : Bronze Age and Iron Age Adornment

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