The torc was found by metal detector Ronnie Johnston Corrard, near the Belle Isle estate in county in Fermanagh in 2009. He didn’t recognize it as a 3,000 year old gold ornament at first, and, thinking it was an old car spring, tucked it in the back of a drawer.
The Fermanagh torc is quite large, mostly gold, and dates from 1300-1100 B. C. E. The BBC article asserts that it “would probably have been worn around the waist.”
I confess to being puzzled by that assertion. Torcs are usually worn around the neck, with some possibly worn as bracelets, but not wound around the waist; it’s not practical. It’s far more likely that it was wound in a spiral fashion, or, quite possibly, never worn at all, but a status symbol that was ritually donated to the bog.
You can read about the Fernmanagh torc yourself here.
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