5498 Iron Age jewellery at National Museum of Scotland

Iron Age jewellery at National Museum of Scotland

Posted: 2011-03-22

On the same day that the National Heritage Memorial Fund granted money to help keep the Frome Hoard of Roman coins in Somerset, comes news that the NHMF has helped preserve four magnificent pieces of Iron Age jewellery for the nation. The four 'torcs' date from the 3rd to the 1st century BC, and were discovered near Stirling, in Central Scotland.

The torcs were a form of neck ornament popular in pre-Roman Britain. Two of the pieces are made of twisted ribbons of gold. Another is a unique braided gold neck ornament of wire. The other piece is an ornately decorated torc from southern France, and is the only item of its kind yet to be discovered in Britain.

The four torcs will now go on display to the public at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The NHMF provided a grant of £154,000, and a further £100,000 came from the Art Fund. National Museums Scotland pitched in with £123,000 and the Scottish government topped up the total with £85,000 to purchase the hoard for the nation.

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