Pendant and beads

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From Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire; Cnoc Rioch, Oronsay, Inner Hebrides; River Lyon, near Fortingall, Perthshire

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Pendant and beads

This glass pendant was found at Monquhitter in Aberdeenshire and the two lithomarge beads at Cnoc Rioch on Oronsay in the Inner Hebrides and in the River Lyon near Fortingall in Perthshire. They were all probably valued as charms or amulets.

The glass pendant from Montquhitter is flattened on one arc, and broken in places. The two beads are of lithomarge, a kind of rock which has a marbled appearance.

Simple objects functioned as charms and amulets for a number of reasons. In some cases, the material set the objects apart, perhaps because of rarity or unusual beauty.

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Online ID: 000-100-035-856-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FN 165
Date: Pendant: Between 100 and 300 AD; Beads: between 0 and 400 AD
Material: Lithomarge
Variegated glass; flattened on one arc; imperfect
Dimensions: 1.38" x 0.44"
2.25" x 1.81"
What: Bead
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Monquhitter, Cairnhill
Scotland, Argyll, Oronsay, Cnoc Rioch
Scotland, Perthshire, Fortingall, River Lyon
Description: Bead of variegated glass, flattened on one arc, from Monquhitter
Lithomarge bead found in the River Lyon near Fortingall, Perthshire
Lithomarge bead from Cnoc Rioch, Oronsay
  • Anderson, Joseph. Notices of cists discovered in a cairn at Cairnhill, Parish of Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, and at Doune, Perthshire. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 36 (1901-2). 
  • Guido, Margaret. The glass beads of the Prehistoric and Roman periods in Britain and Ireland. London: Society of Antiquaries of London, 1978, pp 88-9, 198. 
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