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

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Bronze ring, part of a belt or harness, found at Balmashannar, Angus
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This bronze ring, 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 ring was made of a flattened rod. Three large and seven small plain rings, made with rods of different shaped sections, were found in the hoard.

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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