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Middle Bronze Age gold ribbon torc

This is a thin ribbon of gold that has been loosely twisted, tapering to narrow hooked terminals at each end. This ornament would probably have been worn around an individual’s neck. It must be noted that the object was found deformed and crushed into a ball with two other torcs. Thus its present condition and dimensions are an interpretation of the original form.

This hoard represents the only known ribbon torcs from Wales, while the main currency is in Ireland, where over sixty examples are known. Over fifty more have been found in Scotland, but in England the number is less than twenty. A recent discovery of ribbon torcs and bracelets at Priddy, Somerset, was also found crushed into a ball.

Gold ribbon torc, 1400-1300 BCE.

Ribbon torcs were designed to dazzle and show the wearer’s status. They were made by loosely twisting thin strips of gold. The hook-shaped ends secured the torc in place. When found, the torcs in this hoard were crushed together into a golden ball. Archaeologists have noted a similar pattern elsewhere in Britain. This suggests that the decommissioning of these objects had a particular meaning to the people who buried them.

Torch ruban aur, 1400-1300 CC.

Arwydd o statws a chyfoeth oedd y torchau rhuban. Cawsant eu creu trwy droelli stribedi tenau o aur. Roedd y bachau bob pen yn cadw’r torchau yn eu lle. Pan gafwyd hyd i’r gelc hwn, roedd y torchau wedi cael eu gwasgu’n un bêl aur. Mae archaeolegwyr wedi gweld arfer tebyg mewn llefydd eraill ym Mhrydain hefyd. Mae’n awgrymu bod difetha’r gwrthrychau yn weithred arwyddocaol i’r bobl oedd yn eu claddu.

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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Archeoleg a Nwmismateg

Rhif yr Eitem


Gwybodaeth am y darganfyddiad

Enw'r Safle: Heyope (Cwmjenkin Farm), Powys

Dull Casglu: surface find
Dyddiad: 1955 / Jun

Nodiadau: Hoard. The hoard was found on 10th June 1955 in a very steep field approximately 640 south south east of Cwmjenkin Farm by the occupant of the farm while ploughing. The three torcs were found crushed into a ball and were disentangled and arranged in their present form post-recovery. The findspot is well below the top of the hill and it is possible they were deposited higher, but have since moved due to erosion. The report of discovery indicates that the ploughing reached no deeper than nine inches.


Treasure trove, 3/12/1955


internal diameter / mm:192.0-200.0
external diameter / mm:210.0
thickness / mm:0.8
width / mm:9.4-9.6 (of strip)
diameter / mm:4.0. (of terminals)




St Fagans Wales Is gallery : Gold

Caiff Casgliadau Arlein ei ddiweddaru yn rheolaidd, ond gwnewch yn si’r bod eitem yn dal i gael ei arddangos cyn ymweld yn arbennig.

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