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from Alloa, Clackmannanshire

Postcard of Bracelets.
© National Museums Scotland


These two gold bracelets were found with cremated human remains in a stone cist at Alloa in Clackmannanshire. The expensive bracelets had not been burnt on the pyre, but were added later to the ashes. The burial dates from between 1000 and 750 BC.

The two bracelets were made from plain circular rods of gold, fashioned with slightly expanded ends.

By around 1750 BC, in mainland Scotland, cremation had become the favoured funerary custom. Grave goods were rare, and generally modest. Very few burials are known from the period 1200 to 800 BC, but, of these, several contained gold jewellery.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-061-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 119
Date: Between 1000 and 750 BC
Late Bronze Age
Late Bronze Age
Material: Gold; penannular; slightly expanded end
Gold; penannular; slightly expanded end
What: Armlet
Where: Scotland, Clackmannanshire, Alloa, Marshill
Scotland, Clackmannanshire, Alloa, Marshill
Description: Gold penannular armlet from Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Late Bronze Age
Gold penannular armlet from Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Late Bronze Age
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134, esp. pp 34, 90, 93. 
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