UK museum buys gold bracelet from the Iron Age

The Yorkshire Museum on Wednesday purchased a 2,000 year old gold Iron Age bracelet found in a field near the town of Tadcaster, North Yorkshire in 2011.

A similar bracelet was found just a few metres away a year earlier. The first went for  £25,000 ($40,000) and the second for £30,000 ($49,000).

The museum raised the requisite money to purchase the two bracelets through public donations.

"We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public and without their help we may have seen the bracelet enter a private collection," said the museum's curator of archaeology, Natalie McCaul.

"We are now looking forward to researching the torcs to learn more about both of them and what they can tell us about life in Yorkshire 2,000 years ago."

"They undoubtedly belonged to an extremely wealthy, possibly royal, member of the Brigantes tribe, who ruled most of North Yorkshire during the Iron Age."

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