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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold twisted bar torc. The torc was made from three bars of gold twisted from left to right and then twisted round one another. The three bars were soldered together at each end to form bent-back trumpet terminals which are circular in section.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1400BC-1100BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 123 millimetres
    • Thickness: 5.63 millimetres (torc)
    • Thickness: 2.52 millimetres (twisted bar)
    • Length: 34.2 millimetres (terminal)
    • Thickness: 4.55 millimetres (terminal maximum)
    • Thickness: 3.05 millimetres (terminal minimum)
    • Weight: 96.5 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    The hoard was found in December 1931 in the parish of Towednack, Cornwall, by Mr. Berrymans during the clearing away of a soil and stones bank. It lay undisturbed from 1 foot 6 inches to 2 feet down from the top surface of the bank, on the natural ground surface under the bank. In May 1932 the farmer Mr. Hollow was at work on the same piece of ground and among the stones and the debris of the broken bank he turned up a ninth piece of gold (1932,1004.1), at the same spot of the original find, or very close to it.


  • Bibliography

    • Hawkes 1932 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 2.2.3 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gold torc; body of three twisted strands; plain terminals.

Gold torc; body of three twisted strands; plain terminals.

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