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from Clibberswick, Unst, Shetland

Postcard of Brooch (front).
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Brooch (front)

This brass oval brooch was found with its pair and a bronze trefoil brooch in a Norse woman's grave at Clibberswick on Unst in Shetland, together with some glass beads and a plain silver bracelet which are now lost. The burial dates from between 850 and 900.

The brooch is a type made in the 8th and 9th centuries in Scandinavia. It is worn, and was presumably brought from Scandinavia as a personal possession.

Viking women, especially those coming from a Norwegian home or background, were buried with a wide array of goods. These often included personal ornaments, especially the distinctive oval brooches, tools and household equipment.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-731-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 222
Date: 9th century
Between 850 and 900
Material: Oval; bowl-shaped; textile remains around pin
What: Brooch
Who: Lerwick Collection
Where: Scotland, Shetland, Unst, Haroldswick, Clibberswick
Description: Oval brooch with textile remains around pin, from Clibberswick, Shetland, 9th century
  • Graham-Campbell, James and Batey, Colleen E. Vikings in Scotland. An Archaeological Survey. Edinburgh: University Press, 1998, pp 64, 153-4. 
  • Grieg, Sigurd. Viking Antiquities in Scotland (=Viking Antiquities in Great Britain and Ireland, Part II, ed. by Haakon Shetelig). Oslo: H. Aschehoug & Co., 1940, pp. 103-5. 
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