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Bronze rings, part of a belt or harness, found at Balmashannar, Angus

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Bronze rings, part of a belt or harness, found at Balmashannar, Angus
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These bronze rings, perhaps from a person's belt or a horse harness, are part of a late Bronze Age hoard of jewellery and other items, buried in a pot and ploughed up at Balmashannar in Angus. Such rings were a widespread European fashion in this period.

The plain bronze rings were made of oval or circular-sectioned rods. Three large and seven small plain rings, made with rods of different shaped sections, were found in the hoard. One of the rings is broken.

The Balmashanner hoard demonstrates how extensive and complex were the contacts between Scotland and the outside world during the early first millennium BC. The contents come from Ireland, northern Europe, north-west Europe and the eastern Alps.

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