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 …

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 …

Torcs and me.

My personal introduction to torcs (apart from the casual wow factor at seeing them in the flesh, albeit behind glass at the British Museum) started in 2005 with an enquiry by Norwich Castle Museum, and its curator Tim Pestell. They were due to have an exhibition of a number of new and wonderful detectorist finds …