2,000 Year Old Neck-ring discovered in Newquay

Pentire Neckring [open neckring]

A Late Iron Age/Romano-British hinged collar or neck-ring has be discovered in Newquay. Although found in 1996, completely by chance, its true importance went unrecognised and it spent some ten years in a garden shed!

In 2007 the finder contacted the Newquay Old Cornwall Society who in turn approached Jacky Nowakowski - senior archaeologist for Cornwall Historic Environment Service and director of the 1987 dig at the Trethellan Farm site which overlooks the Gannel. It was one of those jaw-dropping moments when she suspected a find of major importance.

The British Museum authenticated the find following a study by Iron Age specialists and a detailed scientific examination involving the use of X-rays and metal analysis. The neck-ring is in an excellent state of preservation, is made of cast leaded-bronze, and has been dated to the Late Iron Age/Romano-British period (100BC - AD100).

This remarkable find will be displayed for the first time in public at Newquay Old Cornwall Society's '80~08' exhibition on the 8th-9th October 2008. The exhibition which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the society is being held at the Hotel Bristol, Newquay. The main neck-ring exhibit is the result of collaboration between members of the society and staff of the Historic Environment Service and Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro.

A full professional report on the neck-ring is expected to be published later this year in the Antiquaries Journal befitting the national importance of the object.

July 2008