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Ken Hill, Snettisham

Norfolk soil revealed one of its greatest mysteries in 1948. A ploughman in Snettisham ‘deep ploughing’ a field on Ken Hill discovered a piece of shining metal. He showed it to the foreman “I reckon that’s part of an old brass bedstead.” It was flung onto the edge of the field. A passer-by noticed it and took it to the Norwich museum and it was identified as being part of a golden torque. The field was excavated and revealed pits containing a hoard of more than 170 torques, 75 of them complete, many of them exquisite in their workmanship. There were also coins and ingots of gold, silver and iron. The twenty-acre site was surrounded by a ditched enclosure. The treasure was dated to 70BC, four generations before Boadicea, when Iceni power and prestige would have been at its height. The hoard almost certainly represents the royal treasury of the ruling house of the Iceni, the richest Iron Age treasure ever found in Britain ... though why it was buried no one knows.

Reclaimed Welsh slate measuring 600mm x 600mm