Iron Age find on display at City Museum & Art Gallery in Hanley

THE ‘Leekfrifth Iron Age Torcs’ unearthed from farmland at Rudyard near Leek will be on display at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley, until Wednesday, March 22.

The two 2,500-year-old gold necklaces, discovered by metal detector enthusiasts Joe Kania and Mark Hambleton, have been officially declared as treasure and are thought to be worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Julia Farley, curator of British and European Iron Age Collections for the British Museum, believes the 17 or 18 carat jewellery dates back as far as 400BC and is of huge international importance.

For Stoke-on-Trent City Council worker Mark, 59, and JCB welder Joe, 60, both from Leek, finding the torcs is somewhat like winning a top prize in the National Lottery. They will be sharing their unexpected inheritance with the landowner.

The discovery comes more than seven years after the Staffordshire Hoard was found in a field in the south of the county.