Talking about “Truth or Consequences” & Michael Weatherly

[..]“I think he’s a terrific actor,but I think in that episode, he was fantastic, I mean he really was fantastic, it was so much fun to work with him. We have not seen each other for a couple of months…because that was the first episode and he had a lot of stuff that he was doing so I had a lot of days off.So the day we met was the day we had to sit down in front of each other and they took that.. little bag know? ..and all of the sudden my face was revealed and we were in front of each other, and we had not really talked….and….and we kinda wanted it that way, to just..let the chemistry roll, and it was just an overwhelming kind of thing .. It was fun you know? *laughs* It is fun to see your friend..but it is fun to go in that familiar set, and be able to do what you love to do, and obviously keep that storyline going…”

Snettisham Iron Age hoards

For over 2,000 years, hundreds of gold and silver torcs lay hidden in a Norfolk field. The hoards buried at a large sacred site near Snettisham in Norfolk are some of the most important archaeological discoveries in Britain. Ground-breaking scientific analysis has revealed the extraordinary technological skill of the metalworkers who made these objects.

In 1948 a farmer unearthed these objects while ploughing. Thinking that they were part of a brass bedframe, he left them beside the field. They are in fact tubular torcs made of thin gold sheet, hammered out by hand and decorated with Celtic art. More than ten separate hoards have been uncovered at Snettisham since the 1950s.

Some of the hoards buried at Snettisham contained just a few torcs, or even just one. The ‘Great Torc’, one of the most famous finds, is made from over 1kg of gold and silver. The ends are elaborately decorated with Celtic motifs, and the neck ring is made from 64 wires in eight separate coils.

It took great expertise and skill to make a torc. Metalworkers twisted many wires together to form a neck ring, sometimes around a wooden core. A process called lost-wax casting was used to make the terminals. They applied wax to the ends of the wires and modelled it into shape. Around this they made a clay mould that they heated to melt away the wax. Molten metal was poured into the cavity left behind. The projections on one torc show where the metal was poured. These projections were usually removed, as they have been on the other torc, where all traces have been polished away.

Recent scientific analysis at the British Museum has revealed that torc makers sometimes twisted wires around wooden cores, and knew how to gild bronze using a complex technique involving gold and mercury.

See these beautiful objects in our exhibition Celts: art and identity, until 31 January 2016. Plus find out more in the exhibition catalogue by curators Julia Farley and Fraser Hunter.

The Snettisham Great Torc, 150 BC–50 BC. Found at Ken Hill, Snettisham, UK 

Electrum torc, formed of two bars twisted together, 150 BC–50 BC. Found at Ken Hill, Snettisham, UK

Gold torc from the Snettisham hoard, 150 BC–50 BC. Found at Ken Hill, Snettisham, UK

Electrum torc from Snettisham (Hoard G), 150 BC–50 BC. Found at Ken Hill, Snettisham, UK

Silver torc from Snettisham hoard, 150 BC–50 BC. Found at Ken Hill, Snettisham, UK


My two newest torc bracelets!

The one on the left is made by Cruzan Gold, which I got while I was away earlier this month.  It’s made of sterling silver, brass, and copper all twisted together with knots for the ends.

The one one the right is made by Wulfhund Jewlery.  This one is pewter, and takes the wolf head design on the ends from Scandinavian and Nordic designs found in ancient viking art.


A 1970 Barracuda is a rare and desirable muscle car to begin with, but this insane creation is in an entirely different league. Aptly named “Torc”, an engine swap has been performed to drop a Cummins turbodiesel under the hood. This lump of combustion has been tuned up to 1,500 horsepower and 3,000 lb*ft of torque. This thing must absolutely roast tires

There’s only one force on Earth that can short-circuit a man’s better instincts, put fire in his veins and make him dive headlong into danger with no regard for his own well-being. Vengeance, Saleem. I’m here to kill you.
—  Tony DiNozzo, straightforwardly admitting that he did not care if he lived or died, so long as he avenged Ziva’s death in the process.

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.