September 2018

Torc from Lasgraïsses (Tarn)

The complex closing system of the torc from Lasgraïsses (video M. Nordez)

A complex closing system

This torc with “efflorescences” comes from Lasgraïsses (Tarn), in South-Western France. With a gold armlet, they were deposited in hoard during the third century BC. Discovered in April 1885 during farm work, fragments of burnt animal bones, ceramic and charcoal were maybe associated.
A very complex closing system is visible here, combining 3 main features:
– A mobile annular terminal with mortise (keyhole shape), rotating around a pin
– An interlocking system with pin and slide
– A dowel pin.


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