No goldfinches were harmed in the making of this blog…..

Gold is a very unusual material. Created by supernovae, and deposited on earth by asteroids, it is a finite resource. Estimates suggest that the total amount of gold mined to date is around 190,000 metric tons: but due to the density of the material (it is denser than lead) this would create a single cube …

Looking at torcs: The B52, first steps.

When we look at torcs, the first stage of analysis usually involves photos. We have a lot of photos: my Kindle Fire currently contains about 6000 of them, cribbed from websites and online catalogues, or taken by Roll and myself. That's a lot of pics. By going through these photos on a regular basis we …

A rediscovered Iron Age torus torc terminal fragment from ‘Near Stowmarket’, Suffolk.

  Background: In May 1996, a metal detectorist working fields close to Stowmarket found a fragment of gold from a torus torc terminal. The field has been walked and detected regularly over the years and no other Iron Age material has been found in this location. The exact find spot is known and recorded, but …

Lesser spotted torcs 1: Cushion torcs

Snettisham inevitably - being the largest collection of torcs and torc pieces ever found and with the Great torc to the fore - tends to dominate the Iron Age torc world. It should not, however, be forgotten that there are upwards of fifty other torcs represented in other parts of Britain, when incomplete examples, or …

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