The Snettisham Hoard.

The Snettisham Hoard.

 

The Snettisham hoard dates from the Iron Age circa 75BCE and was discovered in Snettisham in Norfolk. UK , by metal detcetorist Charles Hodder. In all 9 kilos of gold and silver were discovered including 70 complete torcs.

Some pieces had been discovered in Snettisham between 1948 and 1973, however the discovery in 1990 of this large quantity of jewels was by far the most wondrous.

The hoard was buried in a series of small pits, and is believed by many to be royal treasure of the Iceni (Brythonic tribe, UK) and is considered to be one of the top 4 of all British archaeological discoveries.

Among the 70 complete torcs discovered the most elaborate is the Great torc, the piece made of twisted wires, which are twisted again to create golden ropes, these are finished with ornate finials and weighs over 1 kilo! The piece is made from a metal comprising a mix of silver and gold.

 

Of the burial pits discovered some seemed to hold jewellery scrap, which may have been intended for melting and reworking. Some of the finest pieces were found in deeper pits which had been concealed by hiding them beneath the pits first found nearer to the surface. Maybe this was an attempt at a second level of security for the very finest jewels.

The pieces from the Snettisham hoard are kept in Norwich Castle Museum and The British Museum.

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