Brit man discovers PS350k Iron Age neckband

November 20th, 2008 - 2:35 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Nov 20 (ANI): While on a lookout for bits of Second World War aircraft, a Brit metal detector enthusiast has discovered a 2,000-year-old golden neckband.

Worth 350,000 pounds, Maurice Richardson discovered the Iron Age gold and silver choker, in a Nottinghamshire field near his Newark home.

Archaeologists believe the chocker, known as a torc, is the most expensive single treasure find since 1996.

The torc was made by the Iceni tribe, once headed by Boudica, which had its power base in present-day East Anglia.

Four other similar torcs have been discovered, but they were all found some 100 miles away in Norfolk.

Dr Jeremy Hill, head of research at the British Museum, described the Newark torc as “probably the most significant find of Iron Age Celtic gold jewellery made in the last 50 years”.

It suggested the Newark area was not the Iron Age backwater it was widely considered to be.

“The person who owned an item like this was someone of tremendous power and wealth,” the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

It was buried in a pit in a similar fashion to its East Anglian counterparts, he said, “possibly as an offering to the gods”.

“It shows an incredibly high level of technological skill in working the metal and a really high level of artistry. It is an extraordinary object,” he said. (ANI)

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