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From Dungyle Camp, Kelton, Kirkcudbrightshire

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Neck ring of bronze

This bronze neck ring, of a type called a torc, was found at Dungyle Camp at Kelton in Kirkcudbrightshire. It arrived in Scotland from the Continent between 150 BC and 0 AD, perhaps as an aristocratic gift or a personal possession of someone from there.

The 'buffer torc' has a fastener in the form of an iron pin which projects from the centre of one of the buffers.

The wearing of ostentatious jewellery was just one of several ways in which the elite of Iron Age Scotland displayed their wealth and power.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-187-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FA 96
Date: Between 150 BC and 0
Material: Cast bronze; consisting of a solid rod of circular cross-section becoming thicker as it approaches two buffer-shaped ends
Dimensions: 5.50" approx D
What: Torc
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Kelton, Dungyle Camp
Description: Torc of cast bronze from Dungyle Camp, Kelton, Kirkcudbrightshire
  • MacGregor, Morna. Early Celtic art in North Britain. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1976, vol. 1, p. 96; vol. 2, no. 195. 
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