Archaeologists in Jersey found this solid gold torc hidden in a Celtic coin hoard

The coins were found to be mainly French with a small number from the south coast of England, with torques, a “beautifully-crafted” silver ring, a small blue bead and a square centimetre fragment of woven cloth also emerging from the magnificent hoard.

With the British Museum providing advice on the conservation, the hoard was too thick to x-ray so the team literally found each piece one by one they removed the coins over a 12 month period, laser scanning them before removing them.

The laser scanner was incredibly accurate and enabled the team to incorporate the data from the jewellery into a bigger 3D computer model they are building.

Detail from the coin hoard

Detail from the coin hoard. © Jersey Heritage

a photo of coins fused together

A close up of the haord. © Jersey Heritage

“The gold torques are important to us because they were important to the Celts,” said Olga Finch, Jersey Heritage’s Curator of Archaeology.

“They were the equivalent of royal jewellery to these people and would only have been worn by individuals of high status.

“The torques will be analysed for further clues about the lives of the Celts. As well as engravings on the jewellery, samples can be taken from their hollow cores to get organic material that might reveal more about what was going on at the time, why the hoard was buried and to study the materials used in their manufacture to identify where they came from, giving insights in to travel and trade.”

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