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Snettisham Hoard

Coordinates:52°52′55″N0°30′31″E /52.881977°N 0.508712°E /52.881977; 0.508712

The Snettisham Hoard or Snettisham Treasure is a series of discoveries of Iron Age precious metal, found in the Snettisham area of the English county of Norfolk between 1948 and 1973.

Snettisham Hoard
The Hoard in the British Museum
MaterialGold
Created70 BC
DiscoveredSnettisham in 1948–73
Present location

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The hoard consists of metal, jet and over 150 gold/silver/copper alloy torc fragments, over 70 of which form complete torcs, dating from BC 70. Probably the most famous item from the hoard is the Great Torc from Snettisham, which is now held by the British Museum. Though the origins are unknown, it is of a high enough quality to have been royal treasure of the Iceni.

Recent electron microscopy research by the British Museum reveal the wear patterns in the torcs, the chemical composition of the metal, and the cut marks which reduced many of the torcs into fragments. One hypothesis suggests the deliberate destruction of valuable items was a form of votive offering.

The finds are deposited in Norwich Castle Museum and the British Museum. The hoard was ranked as number 4 in the list of British archaeological finds selected by experts at the British Museum for the 2003 BBC Television documentary, Our Top Ten Treasures, presented by Adam Hart-Davis.

Similar specimens are the Sedgeford Torc, found in 1965, and the Newark Torc, found in 2005, as well as the six torcs from the Ipswich Hoard found in 1968-9.

In 1985 there was also a find of Romano-British jewellery and raw materials buried in a clay pot in AD 155, the Snettisham Jeweller's Hoard. Though it has no direct connection with the nearby Iron Age finds, it may be evidence of a long tradition of gold- and silver-working in the area.

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Snettisham Hoard
Snettisham Hoard Language Watch Edit Coordinates 52 52 55 N 0 30 31 E 52 881977 N 0 508712 E 52 881977 0 508712 The Snettisham Hoard or Snettisham Treasure is a series of discoveries of Iron Age precious metal found in the Snettisham area of the English county of Norfolk between 1948 and 1973 Snettisham HoardThe Hoard in the British MuseumMaterialGoldCreated70 BCDiscoveredSnettisham in 1948 73Present locationBritish MuseumNorwich Castle Contents 1 Iron age hoard 2 Romano British hoard 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksIron age hoard EditThe hoard consists of metal jet and over 150 gold silver copper alloy torc fragments over 70 of which form complete torcs dating from BC 70 Probably the most famous item from the hoard is the Great Torc from Snettisham which is now held by the British Museum 1 Though the origins are unknown it is of a high enough quality to have been royal treasure of the Iceni 2 Recent electron microscopy research by the British Museum reveal the wear patterns in the torcs the chemical composition of the metal and the cut marks which reduced many of the torcs into fragments 3 One hypothesis suggests the deliberate destruction of valuable items was a form of votive offering The finds are deposited in Norwich Castle Museum and the British Museum 4 The hoard was ranked as number 4 in the list of British archaeological finds selected by experts at the British Museum for the 2003 BBC Television documentary Our Top Ten Treasures presented by Adam Hart Davis Similar specimens are the Sedgeford Torc found in 1965 and the Newark Torc found in 2005 as well as the six torcs from the Ipswich Hoard found in 1968 9 5 Romano British hoard EditIn 1985 there was also a find of Romano British jewellery and raw materials buried in a clay pot in AD 155 the Snettisham Jeweller s Hoard Though it has no direct connection with the nearby Iron Age finds it may be evidence of a long tradition of gold and silver working in the area 6 7 See also EditList of hoards in Britain Iceni Celtic BritainReferences EditWikimedia Commons has media related to Snettisham Hoard British MuseumHighlighs Archived from the original on 2015 10 27 Retrieved 2017 06 15 The Snettisham Treasure Current Archaeology Archived from the original on May 9 2006 Retrieved June 6 2006 Angelo Crist 2017 10 22 Time Team Special 45 2011 Boudica s Lost Tribe retrieved 2019 04 10 British Museum highlights Gold Torc from the Snettisham hoard L Archived from the original on 2015 10 18 Retrieved 2017 06 15 Wainwright Martin 18 February 2005 Iron age necklace discovered The Guardian Retrieved 20 November 2008 The Snettisham Roman Jeweller s Hoard by Catherine Johns British Museum Press 1997 Jeweller s hoard from Snettisham The British Museum Archived from the original on April 13 2010 Retrieved June 10 2010 External links EditNorfolk Museums Service Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Snettisham Hoard amp oldid 1053672030, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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