Prehistoric Gold Ornaments from Cornwall

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    Two torques and six penannular armlets have been found by a farm labourer in a bank of earth on Amalveor Farm, in Towednack, near St. Ives, Cornwall. According to the Times for Jan. 2, one of the torques consists of three strips of twisted metal; the other, a single twisted coil, is of considerable length, its circle being 13 in. in diameter, and, being flexible,it may have been worn twined several times round the neck or waist. Both have the ends bent back to form the familiar interlocking hook. Of the armlets four are simple metal rods; the remaining two are heavier, one being hexagonal and the other lozenge-shaped in section. The find is assigned to the middle or late bronze age; but it is to be noted that the simple armlets do not show the thickening of the wire at the ends characteristic of the developed type of armlet, which, in the British late bronze age, expanded into the cup-shaped terminals.

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    Prehistoric Gold Ornaments from Cornwall. Nature 129, 90–91 (1932) doi:10.1038/129090d0

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