Bronze Age ring found at Balmashannar, Angus

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Postcard of Bronze Age ring found at Balmashannar, Angus.
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Bronze Age ring found at Balmashannar, Angus

This iron ring is part of a late Bronze Age hoard of jewellery and other items, buried in a pot and ploughed up at Balmashannar in Angus. The ring was probably made in in the Austrian Alps. It is one of the earliest iron objects in Scotland.

Bronze penannular armlet from Balmashanner

The Balmashanner hoard demonstrates how extensive and complex were the contacts between Scotland and the outside world during the early first millennium BC. This ring was probably obtained through links between elites in Scotland and northern Europe.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-551-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 133
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 1.88" - 2.88" D
What: Armlet, penannular
Where: Scotland, Angus, Balmashanner
  • Coles, John M. In: Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 16-134. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. 
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