MHG3789 - Gold Torc - Leys


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Type and Period (1)

  • FINDSPOT (Bronze Age - 2400 BC to 551 BC)

Protected Status

  • None recorded

Full Description

NH64SE 24 685 420.

(NH 685 420) In 1824, a Late Bronze Age gold torc (J M Coles 1962) was ploughed up in a field next to the chambered cairn at Leys (NH64SE 23) (J Fraser 1884). It was purchased at the time by a jeweller (J Barron 1903), but has since been lost, although a leaden model was lent to the Arch. Inst. Exhibition in Edinburgh, 1856, by the Inverness Museum.
J Barron 1903; J Fraser 1884; J M Coles 1962; Archaeol Inst Great Britain and Ireland 1859.

Neither the original, or facsimile, torc is in Inverness Museum.
Visited by OS (J L D) 23 March 1962.

This torc was catalogued as part of the North Kessock & District Local History Society and Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) collaborative 'Feats of Clay' Project, which was focused on Bronze Age metalworking around the Moray Firth. The torc is lost but an image survives (Inst. Arch. 1859). It was assigned a Middle Bronze Age date. <1>

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Grid reference Centred NH 6850 4200 (14m by 14m) (2 map features)
Map sheet NH64SE
Geographical Area INVERNESS

Finds (1)

  • TORC (Middle Bronze Age to Late Bronze Age - 1500 BC to 551 BC)

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