Bronze rings found in Aberdeenshire

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Postcard of Bronze rings found in Aberdeenshire.
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Bronze rings found in Aberdeenshire

These bronze rings, all connected when found with flat strips of bronze, are part of a hoard of bronze neck rings, bracelets, rings and a razor found at the Braes of Gight in Aberdeenshire. They were buried sometime between 1200 and 950 BC.

The connecting band between two of the rings has now been lost. The function of this object is uncertain, but it could have been part of a belt for human use, or a component of horse harness.

The Braes of Gight hoard demonstrates how wide ranging were the contacts between the elite of Scotland and the outside world at this time.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-688-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 284
Date: Between 1200 and 950 BC
Material: Bronze; flattened oval wire; connected when found; one band now missing
Dimensions: 2.00" D
What: Ring
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Braes of Gight
Description: Three bronze rings of flattened oval wire, connected when found, from the Braes of Gight hoard
  • Coles, John M. In: Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. 
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