Did Vikings ‘nick’ the Newark torc…and the West Lindsey and Towton torcs too?

Originally published elsewhere: 10th December 2018. In a previous blog we wrote about the  possibility that the Iron Age Newark torc had been redeposited during the Viking period, as evidenced by the 5mm by 2mm gash which can be seen on the interior of one of the Newark torc's terminals. This gash, as previously mentioned …

We were wrong!

Originally published elsewhere: 4th September 2018 We all make mistakes. In academia, it’s sometimes tricky to hold your hands up and admit you got it wrong. But we did. We got it wrong. The long and short of it is that the Newark torc is not sheet-work as we previously thought and wrote about, but is …

I was supposed to be looking at torcs AKA I knew I’d seen those seven dots somewhere…

Today I was doing my usual trawl through photos, looking to be inspired. It wasn't long coming as I found three torcs with a very similar pattern: two from Snettisham, one from Glascote. But whether these three torcs are from the same hand will need to wait for another day because - as I was …

Thoughts on the Grotesque torc and the Snettisham (Ken Hill) hoards in the light of new research by Tess Machling & Roland Williamson.

[An open access PDF of this paper (DOI 10.5281/zenodo.4039630) can be downloaded HERE] Abstract This paper examines the Grotesque torc and its repairs in relation to the hoards from Ken Hill, Snettisham. It looks at the materials used to repair/modify torcs, and their likely source in Hoards B/C and F. It suggests an alternative biography …

Heinz 57: an unusual torc terminal from Snettisham.

The Heinz 57 terminal from Snettisham (thus named by us according to its place in the Norwich Castle Museum display and its rather unusual form) has been largely ignored in academic literature. Being known more formally as 1991,0501.45 in the British Museum catalogue, this terminal was found in the mixed Hoard F from Snettisham. This …