Ely Museum's gold torc is 'top treasure of 2017'

PUBLISHED: 10:46 15 January 2018

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.

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A golden torc that was found by metal detectorists in Cambridgeshire and acquired by Ely Museum was rated as the top treasure find of 2017.

The 732 gram ring made of almost pure gold was found in a local field last year, which dates back to the Middle Bronze Age and is valued at £220,000, 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.

Councillor Ian Bates, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s economy and environment committee, said at the time: “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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