martes, 29 de noviembre de 2016

Spectacular bronze age gold torc unearthed in Cambridgeshire field

A gigantic gold torc, so big one expert thinks it may have been worn to protect a pregnant woman, has been found by a metal detectorist in a ploughed field in Cambridgeshire. It was made from 730 grams of almost pure gold more than 3,000 years ago, and is regarded as the best found in England in more than a century.

The workmanship closely resembles one from nearby Grunty Fen, found in 1844 by a man cutting peat, now in the collection of the archaeology museum of Cambridge University. However, like many torcs that were apparently buried for ritual reasons, that one had been coiled up.

The find site is within 50 miles of Must farm, the extraordinary bronze age village in the shadow of a chip factory on the edge of Peterborough.

“There was a lot going on in bronze age East Anglia,” said Neil Wilkin, the curator of bronze age Europe at the British Museum, “but it’s been a while since we’ve had anything as hefty as this.” [...] The Guardian

Actualización:  Hallan un enorme torques de oro en un campo de siembra de Cambridge

El torques de oro encontrado en Cambridge - BRITISH MUSEUM
Con sus 730 gramos de peso y su diámetro de 1,25 metros se cree que sirvió para el rito de fertilidad de una embarazada de la Edad de Bronce...

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Actualización: Hallan un enorme torques de oro en un campo de siembra de Cambridge