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From Southside, Lanarkshire

Postcard of Collar.
© National Museums Scotland


This gold collar, also called a lunula, is one of two found at Southside in Lanarkshire. It is a high status ornament, worn sometime between 2300 and 2000 BC.

The collar was made by hammering out the gold to a thin sheet, then decorating it with incised lines and punched dots. The plain panel between the lines has been hammered and roughened.

Gold collars or lunulae were originally made in Ireland, but were imported and copied throughout Britain, where they certainly functioned as symbols of power. Some of the decorative patterns were adopted from beaker pottery.

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Online ID: 000-100-036-527-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.FE 74
Date: Between 2300 and 2000 BC
Material: Gold; tapering to the extremities where it ends in sub-oval disc-like expansions; ornamented with incised lines and punctulations
Dimensions: 7.00" max D x 1.94" B at middle; weight 1 oz 7 dwt
What: Lunula
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Coulter, Southside
Description: Gold lunula tapering to the extremities where it ends in sub-oval disc-like expansions, ornamented with incised lines and punctulations, from Southside, near Coulter, Lanarkshire
  • Clarke, D.V., Cowie, T.G., & Foxon, Andrew (eds). Symbols of power at the time of Stonehenge. Edinburgh: National Museums of Antiquities of Scotland, 1985, pp 184-5, 190, 261-2. 
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