Metal detector unearths a 3000-year old treasure in Fermanagh bog
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Metal detector unearths a 3000-year old treasure in Fermanagh bog

London : United Kingdom | Mar 30, 2012 at 8:10 AM PDT
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It was a treasure found in 2009 by Ronnie Johnston in his field in Fermanagh bog in Corrad near Belle Isle estate. He had made use of a metal detector and came up with a piece of gold jewelry which is 3000-years old.

It was a flange twisted gold torc (from the Latin word – ‘to twist’) of the type usually worn around the waist – its composition is 87% gold and 11% silver.

It is under valuation by the Treasure Valuation Committee of the British Museum in London.

Ronnie had initially presumed it to be a broken spring of some vintage car and he cleaned it and kept is with him as a souvenir. But, later in 2011, while flipping through a treasure hunt magazine, he came across the picture of a gold torc.

Further investigation revealed that his find was one of 48 such torcs that had surfaced in Britain (38) and Ireland (10).

It would be declared a treasure if it fulfills two conditions - is more than 300-years old and has more than 10% precious metal in it.

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