At least 12 separate hoards of artefacts have been discovered at Snettisham, northwest Norfolk. Collectively they are known as the ‘Snettisham Treasure’ and form the largest deposit of gold, silver and bronze artefacts dating from the Iron Age found in Europe.
A combined total of over 200 torcs, over 100 bracelet and ring ‘ingots’, large amorphous ingots, 234 coins and many fragments have been recovered, with a total weight of over 40 kilograms. In addition to its sheer quantity, the metalwork is famous for its quality of artistry and workmanship. Most of the hoards were buried 100–60 BC, and were found towards the centre of a large eight-hectare enclosure. Extensive excavations have failed to establish its purpose or date.
Speaker: Dr Jody Joy, Senior Curator, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge
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