FLANGED TORC

COOLMANAGH, CO. CARLOW
LATE BRONZE AGE, 1200-1000 BC
GOLD
25.7 CM
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
 

To make this flanged torc, the craftsman hammered up three flanges of one cm height and 1 mm thickness. On the right side of the outer flange, a hole ruptured while the flange was being hammered or while the torc was being twisted. Because untwisted flanged torcs are unusual, it seems that the hole deterred him/her from finishing it. The round terminals are bent back and locked together.
 
This torc was found with a ribbon torc during the process of disc-harrowing a field. The torcs had been deposited in damp land on the edge of a swamp. Archaeologists determined this torc to have been made during the late Bronze Age.
 
 
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