Bronze Age Gold from Wales

Middle Bronze Age gold flange-twisted bar torc

This is large, circular torc or neck-ring. The bar of gold has been hammered into ‘flanges’ and then twisted anti-clockwise to create a ‘flange twisted’ form. The terminals of the bar are plain and circular in cross-section and slightly expand towards a convex end. These 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)


Collection Area

Archaeology & Numismatics

Item Number


Find Information

Site Name: Harlech, Gwynedd

Collection Method: surface find
Date: 1692

Notes: Single find. The torc was found in a garden near the castle at Harlech and had been in the possession of the Mostyn family since 1692.


Purchase, 21/7/1977


(): length / mm:54.0 (terminals)
(): diameter / mm:350.0
(): weight / g:272.1




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