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22.03.2021

Newark Torc

Newark Torc full iron age gold alloy Torc found by a metal prospector on the outskirts of Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England, in February 2005.

The torso is made of electrum, an alloy of gold, silver and copper, weighs 700 grams (1.5 pounds) and has a diameter of 20 cm. The body is formed from rolled gold alloy wire, which was then woven into eight thin ropes and then twisted together. The terminals are ring shaped and decorated with floral and point ornaments. The torque was probably made in Norfolk. It is very similar to the one found at Sedgeford, north Norfolk - so much so that one expert speculated that they may have been made by the same craftsman. The torc was buried in a pit, and so it is believed to be an object, not an accidental loss. The reason for its deposition is not clear, although Jeremy Hill, head of research at the British Museum, suggested that it may have been buried, "perhaps as an offering to the gods."

Torcus was dated between 250 and 50 B.C. and is believed to have been buried in about 75 B.C. Tork was discovered by Maurice Richardson, a tree surgeon, while he was searching for metals in the field.

The Tork was declared a treasure trove in 2005 and acquired in 2006 for the Newark Millgate Museum with significant grant aid from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.

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