Yorkshire Gold

The earliest gold ever found in Yorkshire, exhibition ends 14 July 2014

These two Iron Age torcs, or bracelets, are currently on loan from Yorkshire Museum in York, in return for the Skipton First Folio. The torcs, made around 100 BC, are unique as they are the earliest example of gold ever found in Yorkshire, demonstrating that the iron age tribe (the Brigantes) that ruled the region were a lot more advanced than previously thought.

They were discovered recently in Towton, just north of Tadcaster, and are made using two completely different techniques. Although they were found a year apart from each other, they were most likely burried together around 2000 years ago, as they were discovered in the same location.

Although they are a unique find in Yorkshire, similar jewellery has also been found in East Anglia, suggesting that the Yorkshire torcs were acquired by the Brigantes through trade, as a gift or as the spoils of war. Although it is not known how they came to be in Yorkshire, the find suggests that the tribes that lived in the north of England during the Iron Age had built strong networks with other tribes throughout the country.

These torcs are on loan from the Yorkshire Museum and were brought into their collection with financial support from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund

Yorkshire Gold Torcs 1
Yorkshire Gold Torcs 2