Belt buckle (fragments)

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from Kildonan, Eigg, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Belt buckle (fragments).
© National Museums Scotland

Belt buckle (fragments)

These pieces of a bronze belt buckle were found at Kildonan on Eigg in the Inner Hebrides in a man's grave. He was buried between 900 and 950 with some expensive textiles, a spear, an axe, and other grave goods characteristic of Viking burials.

The belt buckle was made from a bronze plate rounded at one end and straight at the other. The hoop for the strap is now separate. The plate is decorated with a symmetrical plant design. The buckle was made on the Continent.

The Viking world stretched from Newfoundland in modern Canada to the Middle East and beyond. Material reached Scotland from across this trading network. Some may not have come direct, but perhaps via places like Ireland first.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-817-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0036: Kiloran Bay Viking Burial (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 166
Date: Between 900 and 950
Material: Bronze; scrollwork pattern
What: Belt / portion
Clasp, belt
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Eigg, Kildonan
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Eigg, Kildonan
Description: Viking bronze belt clasp with scrollwork pattern, from Kildonan, Eigg
Part of a Viking leather belt, from Kildonan, Eigg
  • Graham-Campbell, James and Batey, Colleen E. Vikings in Scotland. An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh: University Press, 1998, p 84. 
  • Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, p 68. 
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