Amateur Treasure Hunters Find 2,000-Year-Old Gold Jewelry

Amateur Treasure Hunters Find 2,000-Year-Old Gold JewelryTwo amateurs using metal detectors have discovered four gold torques from more than 2,000 years ago in a field near the town of Leek in central England. The jewelry, which would have been worn as a necklace or bracelet, “dates to around 400 to 250 B.C., and is probably the earliest Iron Age goldwork ever discovered in Britain,” Julia Farley, curator of British and European Iron Age collections at the British Museum in London, said in a statement. After the jewelry was found, a professional archaeological team from the Stoke-on-Trent City Council investigated the field but didn’t find any more jewelry or signs of an ancient town or tomb, leaving the question of why the gold jewelry was buried in the field unsolved.

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