Find Spot record IPS 079 - Belstead Hills Estate, Ipswich, (IAS 9402, IAS 9403).

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Five gold torcs found in 1968 in construction work, one further in 1970. NB add extra location - see par


Grid reference TM 136 427 (point)
Map sheet TM14SW


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1968: Five gold torcs found in construction work. Declared Treasure Trove. The five torcs originally found, all gold alloyed with proportion of silver, vary in weight from 27 to 33 ounces, circa 8 inches diameter, hoop of each made from 2 rods twisted together. One has plain ring terminals, other four are decorated with embossed ornament typical of what may be termed Snettisham class. Scratches present from chasing or chiselling, unfinished, plain one at earlier stage of manufacture. Hidden for safety? Not finished and therefore unlikely to be votive. 1st Century BC

1970: a sixth torc, 'found in garden of 50 Holcombe Crescent,about 200 ft. from' above torcs, in soil probably moved from original findspot (S2), has hoop made up from two pairs of bars. Probably of same workshop as the rest (see Ulceby, Lincolnshire and Glascote, Staffordshire torcs as comparisons with this one).

See (S1-S5).

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <S1> Article in serial: Brailsford, J. W.. 1968. A hoard of Early Iron Age gold torcs from Ipswich.. Brailsford J, PSIA, 31,1968, 158-9 (ill).
  • <S2> Article in serial: Owles, E. J.. 1970. Archaeology in Suffolk, 1970. PSIA, 32,1970, 87 & 98 (6th torc).
  • <S3> Article in serial: Owles, E. J. and N. Smedley. 1968. Archaeology in Suffolk, 1968. PSIAH, 1968, XXXI.2, pp. 188–201..
  • <S4> Index: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card 1973-38, 1973.
  • <S5> Article in serial: Mary Aiken Littauer. 1971. Notes and News, Antiquity, 55, 1971, 294 - 6. Antiq, 55, 1971, 294 - 6.

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Jun 2 2021 12:19PM

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