The Gold Torc

The Western Gazette Building

A gold torc, ascribed to the Middle Bronze Age, was found by a Yeovil gardener, Henry Cole in 1909.

When he was working in the garden of Mr Chapman on Hendford Hill, Yeovil.

 

Although it was found on Hendford Hill, it is possible that it had been brought from somewhere else in the neighbourhood as topsoil for the garden.

The torc, which is in near perfect condition (despite being dipped in car battery acid to clean it when first found!) was probably originally a necklet worn by an ancient British Chieftain as a symbol of rank; it also represented a considerable amount of wealth, being made of pure gold.

The torc can be seen on display in the Museum of Somerset at Taunton.

 

 

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