Beads of amber

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From Glentrool, Kirkcudbrightshire

Postcard of Beads of amber.
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Beads of amber

These four amber beads are all that remain of the twelve found in a hoard at Glentrool in Kirkcudbrightshire along with weapons, tools and ornaments, deposited between 1450 and 1200 BC. The amber was probably originally from the Baltic.

One bead is complete, while another with a preserved central hole is nearly so. Of the remaining two fragmentary beads, one is missing about one-third, while the other, ornamented with a number of hollows, is missing at least half.

The origins of, or inspirations for, the objects in the Glentrool hoard vary. Only high status people had access to amber in Bronze Age Britain. While amber was originally from the Baltic, it may have arrived in Glentrool via other areas.

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Online ID: 000-100-034-662-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.DQ 255
Date: Between 1450 and 1200 BC
Material: Amber; two showing complete perforation
What: Bead / fragment
Where: Scotland, Kirkcudbrightshire, Minnigaff, Loch Trool
Description: Fragments of amber beads, two showing complete perforation, from Glentrool
  • Callander, J. G. A Bronze Age hoard from Glen Trool, Stewartry of Kirkcudbright. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 55 (1920-1). pp 29-37. 
  • Coles, John M. Scottish late Bronze Age metalwork: typology, distributions and chronology. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 93 (1959-1960), pp 88, 113-4. 
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