Amber beads from a necklace

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found at Balmashanner, Angus

Postcard of Amber beads from a necklace.
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Amber beads from a necklace

These amber beads from a necklace are part of a hoard of jewellery and other items buried in a pot sometime between 950 and 750 BC, and ploughed up at Balmashanner in Angus. The amber derives from coasts around the Baltic.

Thirty-one amber beads of various sizes were found in the hoard. The necklace would have been a high status object, since only the wealthy had access to amber at this period.

The Balmashanner hoard demonstrates how extensive and complex were the contacts between Scotland and the outside world during the early first millennium BC. The contents came from Ireland, northern Europe, north-west Europe and the eastern Alps.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-580-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 162 to X.DQ 192
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Amber
What: Bead
Where: Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
Description: Amber beads from Balmashanner
  • Coles, John M. In: Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 98-9. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. 
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