Pre-historic golden torc - valued at £220,000 - goes on display at Ely Museum

PUBLISHED: 10:19 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:33 06 October 2017

Councillor Lis Every and Mayor of Ely, Cllr Richard Hobbs were given a sneak peak at the pre-historic gold torc that was found in East Cambridgeshire last year. It will go on public display in Ely Museum tomorrow (October 7). Photo: MIKE ROUSE

Councillor Lis Every and Mayor of Ely, Cllr Richard Hobbs were given a sneak peak at the pre-historic gold torc that was found in East Cambridgeshire last year. It will go on public display in Ely Museum tomorrow (October 7). Photo: MIKE ROUSE

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A golden torc that dates back to the Middle Bronze Age and is valued at £220,000 is to go on display at Ely Museum tomorrow (October 7).

The torc, which dates back to the Middle Bronze Age, was found in a field last year.The torc, which dates back to the Middle Bronze Age, was found in a field last year.

The 732 gram ring made of almost pure gold was found in a local field last year and is one of the largest to have been found in Britain.

After it was discovered, an inquest was held where it was decided the torc was an item of treasure and Ely Museum worked to raise the £220,000 it was valued at through donations by the Art Fund, National Heritage Memorial Fund and private donations.

The finder and landowner have received their rewards and the 3,000-year-old ring will be available for viewing from tomorrow.

Councillor Ian Bates, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s economy and environment committee, said: “We are delighted to see this treasure find handed over to the Ely Museum where it will be available for all of the public to see.

The £220,000 gold torc will be on display at Ely Museum from tomorrow (October 7). Photo: MIKE ROUSEThe £220,000 gold torc will be on display at Ely Museum from tomorrow (October 7). Photo: MIKE ROUSE

“It’s fascinating that something of this significance has been discovered in our county, it opens up doors to many possibilities of what this item could have been used for by our Bronze Age ancestors.”

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