The intricate golden torcs of the Stirling Hoard.

The Stirling Hoard consists of four golden Iron Age torcs (a type of necklace) which date to between 300 and 100 BCE.

These were found by metal detectorist David Booth near Blair Drummond, Scotland: “I parked up and got the metal detector out. There was an area of flat ground behind the car, and I thought, I’ll just scan this first, before I head out into the field. Literally about seven steps behind where I had parked, I found them." This hoard has been valued at £462,000, and is one of the most significant discoveries of Iron Age metalwork in Scotland.

Courtesy & currently located at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh. Photo taken by dun_deagh via Flickr.