Museum bids to keep first Iron Age jewellery found in the North (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Museum bids to keep first Iron Age jewellery found in the North
5:15pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
A MUSEUM has launched an appeal for donations to help it pair up the first Iron Age jewellery found in the North of England.
The Yorkshire Museum needs to raise £15,000 to buy a golden bracelet believed to have belonged to a leader of the Celtic Brigantes tribe, which ruled most of North Yorkshire and a section of the North-East in pre-Roman times.
The bracelet, or torc, is one of two about three inches in diameter found in 2010 and 2011 by two metal detector enthusiasts in a stream near Towton, North Yorkshire.
It is thought the torcs, which will remain on display until October 13 at the museum in York, were probably buried at the same time.
Experts said the bracelets provide an insight into the social and economic make-up of the region during prehistoric times, demonstrating the levels of wealth of some of the inhabitants.
The museum bought one of the twisted bracelets last year for £25,000, following a fundraising campaign, and the second more intricate torc has been valued at £30,000.
A spokesman for the museum said a local charity had already donated £15,000, but said if the remaining funds could not be found by the end of October the torc could be sold on the open market.
The torcs are believed to have been created around 100 BC to 70 BC.
Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology at the museum, said: “We hope we can find the money to ensure this beautiful object stays in Yorkshire for the public to enjoy, but also so we can conduct research into the pair of bracelets to try and find out more about Yorkshire during this period.
“They are, quite simply, incredible finds, and represent some of the earliest gold objects ever found in this region.
“They are helping us to re-write the history of pre-Roman Yorkshire, as we can now say for the first time with any certainty that there were people of significant wealth living here in the Iron Age.”
To donate, visit the Yorkshire Museum or call 01904-687671.
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