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  Leekfrith torcs Locationof LeekfrithThe  Leekfrith torcs  are four Iron Age gold torcs found by two hobby metal detectorists in December 2016 in afield in Leekfrith, north Staffordshire, England. The find consists of three neck torcs and a smaller bracelet, whichwerelocatedincloseproximitytoeachother. Subsequentarchaeological examination of the area did not uncoverfurther objects. 1 Find The first three torcs were found separately, but closetogether, approximately 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm)beneath the surface of the field, which was beingsearched using metal detectors, with the permission ofthe landowner. [1][2] The metal detectorists, Mark Ham-bleton and Joe Kania, reported the find to a Portable An-tiquities Scheme officer based at Birmingham Museumand Art Gallery the next day. [3] The last torc was foundby the same men, in the same field, some weeks later. [2] Archaeologists subsequently surveyed the site, but foundno other items. [1] 2 Torcs According to  The Guardian , the torcs were made in thearea of what is now Germany or France, [4] perhaps inthe fourth or third century BC (400–250 BC). [3] Theyare among the oldest examples of goldwork from IronAge Britain, and of Celtic ornament (or La Tène style), ever found in Britain. [3] Julia Farley, Curator of Euro-pean Iron Age Collections, Prehistory and Europe at theBritish Museum, [4][5] commented: [3] This unique find is of international impor-tance ... . It dates to around 400–250 BC andisprobablytheearliestIronAgegoldworkeverdiscovered in Britain. The torcs were probablywornbywealthyandpowerfulwomen, perhapspeople from the Continent who had marriedinto the local community. Piecing togetherhow these objects came to be carefully buriedinaStaffordshirefieldwillgiveusaninvaluableinsight into life in Iron Age Britain.The weight of the pieces varies from 31 grams (1 oz) to230 grams (8 oz). [3] The gold content has been measuredto be at least 80% [3] – slightly higher than 18 carat. 3 Inquest At an inquest on 28 February 2017, the torcs were de-clared to be 'Treasure' under the Treasure Act 1996. [3][6] The coroner, Ian Smith, qualified the find as “not quite inthe same league as the Staffordshire Hoard, but neverthe-less exciting.” [3] As a result of the coroner’s finding, the items will be of-feredforsaletoamuseumatapricesetbyanindependentboardofantiquitiesexpertsknownastheTreasureValua-tion Committee, with the finders and landowners sharingthe money paid by the museum. [3] 4 Exhibitions The find was announced to the public at an event at thePotteries Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley on 28 Febru- ary 2017. The torcs are on display there from 1 to 22March 2017. [7] 1  2  7 EXTERNAL LINKS  The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery 5 See also ã  Stirling torcs, 300−100 BC ã  Snettisham Hoard large torc hoard, c. 70 BC ã  Newark Torc, 200−50 BC 6 References [1] McInnes, Kathie (28 February 2017). “Video: Iron Agegold found in Staffordshire Moorlands field”.  Stoke Sen-tinel  . Retrieved 28 February 2017.[2] McInnes, Kathie(28February2017). “Video: HowmetaldetectorpalsstruckgoldinStaffordshireMoorlandsfield”. Stoke Sentinel  . Retrieved 1 March 2017.[3]  'Oldest' Iron Age gold work in Britain found in Stafford-shire”.  BBC Online . 28 February 2017. Retrieved 28February 2017.[4] Kennedy, Maev (28 February 2017). “Detectorists strikegold 20 years after leaving field empty-handed”.  TheGuardian . Retrieved 28 February 2017.[5] “Julia Farley”. British Museum. Retrieved 28 February 2017.[6] StaffordshireCC(28February2017). “LATESTonLeek-frith Iron Age Torcs find in #Staffordshire OFFICIALLYDECLARED TREASURE at today’s inquest! #Leek-Gold” (Tweet) – via Twitter. [7] Acres, John (28 February 2017). “Iron Age gold find:Pieces to go on display in Stoke-on-Trent tomorrow”. BBC Online . Retrieved 28 February 2017. 7 External links ã  Staffordshire County Council video announcing thefind  3 8 Text and image sources, contributors, and licenses 8.1 Text ã  Leekfrithtorcs Source:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leekfrith_torcs?oldid=768242992 Contributors:   MichaelHardy,IceKarma,Pigson-thewing, ClemRutter, Xanzzibar, Stephen, SDC, David Levy, Sandstein, Kintetsubuffalo, Modest Genius, John, J 1982, Lugnuts, Shirt58,Nthep, Robina Fox, Magioladitis, Johnbod, 83d40m, Littleolive oil, Excirial, SounderBruce, Another Believer, XLinkBot, BabelStone,AnomieBOT, White whirlwind, Pek~enwiki, Brandmeister, Spicemix, Curiocurio, Tapper930, Monopoly31121993, Kevt2002, HFS-er,Denniscabrams, Continentaleurope, Debbiesw, Bangarator, Gaping Meteor83, Connorcp, StaffordshireCC and Anonymous: 8 8.2 Images ã  File:Potteries_museum_&_art_gallery.JPG Source:   https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ee/Potteries_museum_%26_art_gallery.JPG  License:   CC-BY-SA-3.0  Contributors:   Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.  Original artist:   Leereyno at EnglishWikipedia ã  File:Red_pog.svg  Source:   https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/0c/Red_pog.svg  License:   Public domain  Contributors:   ?  Original artist:   ? ã  File:Staffordshire_UK_relief_location_map.jpg  Source:   https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6b/Staffordshire_UK_relief_location_map.jpg  License:   CC BY-SA 3.0  Contributors:   Ordnance Survey OpenData.  Original artist:   Nilfanion, created usingOrdnance Survey data 8.3 Content license ã  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0
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