Lucky detectorist strikes gold

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Amazingly the solid gold torc was as frash as the day it was buried - around 4000 years ago.<br />
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A detectorist is celebrating the find 'of a lifetime' after discovering a beautiful 4,000 year old gold torc worth tens of thousands of pounds.<br />
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Billy Vaughan, 54, had only been detecting for six months when he made the startling discovery in a remote field near his home town of Whitehaven, Cumbria.<br />
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The Middle Bronze Age (2000-1500BC) piece of twisted jewellery fashioned from 22 carat gold was nestled 5ins below the surface.<br />
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Mr Vaughan, who was alone, dug down after getting a signal with his device and initially thought he had unearthed a piece of climbing equipment.