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Re: Middle Bronze Age Gold Torc. Found Dover 1878
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2016, 23:49:17 »
That is stunning, yet the museum link states it's not on display. Why is something like this gathering dust in a drawer?
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Middle Bronze Age Gold Torc. Found Dover 1878
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2016, 22:18:49 »
Gold flange twisted spiral torc. Middle Bronze Age: circa 1400-1100BC.  Found in the grounds of Mr Chignell's residence on Castlemount, Dover, Kent. 1878.

Photos © The Trustees of the British Museum. Museum number 1891,0417.1.

Gold flange twisted spiral torc. The torc was made from a cast bar. Four longitudinal cuts were made into the bar which was worked to create an X-shaped cross section. The torc was then twisted by rotating the ends of the bar from left to right and coiled around four times. It was then forged at each end into large bent-back trumpet terminals which are circular in section.

The shape of the torc might suggest that it was an armlet or ankle-bracelet rather than a neck ornament.

Dia: 93 millimetres. Weight: 367.1 grammes.

More details and photos at link above.


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