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Winchester hoard
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This group of Iron Age gold jewellery was discovered on a hill near Winchester, in Hampshire. It contained two sets of jewellery comprised of thick neck rings called torcs, brooch pairs linked by a chain, and two bracelets, made from very pure gold.

The torcs are of a unique construction, different from that of any others known from Iron Age Britain, Ireland or France. One is bigger than the other, possibly because it was made for a man and the other for a woman.

Unfortunately, unlike the monument from Palmyra on the opposite page, there are almost no surviving images of people from Iron Age Britain, nor does clothing survive, so the only evidence for their dress and appearance is jewellery such as these pieces.

Winchester hoard

From Hampshire, southern England, c. 75-25 BC.
Wt (total) 1,160 kg.

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