Torrs

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Alternative Names Torrs Chamfrein
Site Type CHAMFRON, DRINKING HORN(S)
Canmore ID 64630
Site Number NX76SE 19
NGR NX 780 618
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Parish KELTON
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District STEWARTRY
Former County KIRKCUDBRIGHTSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NX c. 780 618

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Archaeological Notes

NX76SE 19 c. 780 618.

(Approx NX 780 618). The object of Early Iron Age metalwork hitherto known as the Torrs Chamfrein was found before 1829 in a morass (presumably a peat-bog and probably a drained loch) on the farm of Torrs in the parish of Kelton - presumably in the area of marshy ground marked on the OS maps as Torrs Loch.
In its present form it is a modern fabrication from hitherto separate objects made in the same workshop in the second half of the third century BC. The cap part was probably worn on the head of a pony; the horns were probably terminals to drinking horns. It is now in the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland (NMAS).
R J C Atkinson and S Piggott 1955

No further information was encountered regarding the exact find-spot of this Chamfrein; but it is believed locally to have been found somewhere within the area of Torrs Loch (Mr J Smith, Nether Torrs).
Visited by OS (WDJ) 21 February 1963.

 
Books and References

Armit and Ralston, I and I B M (2003) 'The Iron Age', in Edwards, K J and Ralston, I B M Scotland after the Ice Age: environment, archaeology and history 8000BC - AD 1000 Edinburgh
Page(s): 188

Atkinson and Piggott, R J C and S (1955) 'The Torrs Chamfrein', Archaeologia, vol.96
Page(s): 197-235

Harding, D (2002) 'Torrs and the early La Tene Ornamental Style in Britain and Ireland', in Ballin Smith, B and Banks, I In the shadow of the brochs: the Iron Age in Scotland, A celebration of the work of Dr. Euan MacKie on the Iron Age of Scotland Stroud
Page(s): 192-95, 199, 203, 204

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