|In March 2012 news broke of ancient gold. A treasure hunter with a metal detector unearthed a 3,000-year-old piece of ornate gold jewellery from a bog in Northern Ireland. |
Ronald Johnston first thought the Bronze Age torc was an old car spring, he told the BBC. The coiled metal, typically worn around the neck or waist, would actually have belonged to a Celt who had “access to extreme wealth,” said Armagh County Museum’s Andrea Kennedy.
|The torc would date from 1300 to 1100 B.C., Kennedy said. A symbol of the Celts’ “delight in gaudy ostentation,” according to the ancient Greek philosopher Poseidonius, torcs carried distinctive designs created by local blacksmiths. The word torc comes from the Latin for “to twist” or torque.|