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Gold coil shaped bracelets found in County Donegal, Ireland

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Norman Witherow is a farmer in County Donegal, Ireland.  He made an astonishing discovery of four coil-shaped solid gold bracelets and they are believed to date back to the Bronze Age (2500-500 BC) or even older according to National Museum of Ireland.
The items were buried two feet deep, hidden under a rock, which protected them and was covered with clay.
Their likely use was that of jewelry, but could also have been some form of currency.  Research is currently in progress to uncover more information about them and so far there are no items exactly the same as these found.
It is expected that this golden treasure will be on display at the National Museum of Ireland soon.

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Oldest Iron Age gold jewellery found in Britain - Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs.

Mark Hambleton and Joe Kania uncovered three gold necklaces and one bracelet in Staffordshire. The collection has been named the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs and believed to be around 2500 years old.  It features some earliest Celtic art ever discovered.

The items were found close together, the reason why they were buried is not known, possibilities are an act of remembrance after their owner died, for safekeeping or and offering to the gods.

Dr. Julia Farley, curator of British & European Iron Age collections for the British Museum says that the torcs were probably worn by wealthy and powerful women.
Piecing together how these objects came to be carefully buried in the Staffordshire field will provide invaluable insight into life in Iron Age Britain.                                                                                      


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