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Beads

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from Kildonan, Eigg, Inner Hebrides

Postcard of Beads.
000-000-099-723-C
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Beads

These beads were found in a Viking grave mound at Kildonan on Eigg in the Inner Hebrides. The man was buried with weapons and ornaments from Scandinavia and the British Isles between 900 and 950.

Two of the beads are of amber and the third is of an unidentified stone. The one on the right is quite large. All are slightly damaged.

Beads were worn by both Viking men and women. In some men's graves, large beads occur either alone or in small numbers. In women's graves, they were often strung into long necklaces, sometimes hung between oval brooches.


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Online ID: 000-000-099-723-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0036: Kiloran Bay Viking Burial (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 172
Date: Between 900 and 950
Material: Amber
Amber
Stone
Dimensions:
What: Bead
Bead
Whorl
Subject:
Who:
Where: Scotland, Inverness-shire, Eigg, Chapel of St Donan
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Eigg, Chapel of St Donan
Scotland, Inverness-shire, Eigg, Chapel of St Donan
Event:
Description: Stone whorl found near the Chapel of St Donan, Eigg
Amber bead found near the Chapel of St Donan, Eigg
Amber bead found near the Chapel of St Donan, Eigg
References:
  • Graham-Campbell, James and Batey, Colleen E. Vikings in Scotland. An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh: University Press, 1998, p 84. 
  • Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, p 68. 
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