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Urn, bracelets and rings

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From Duff House, Banff, Banffshire

Postcard of Urn, bracelets and rings.
000-100-035-719-C
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Urn, bracelets and rings

This coarse, undecorated ceramic urn was found at Duff House at Banff in Banffshire. It contained cremated bones and unburnt gold jewellery. The wealthy burial dates from between 1200 and 1100 BC.

The two large bracelets and one of the three smaller penannular gold rings are simple round-sectioned rods with plain terminals. The other two smaller rings are made of three and six round-sectioned rods respectively.

By around 1750 BC, in mainland Scotland, cremation had become the favoured funerary custom. Grave goods were rare, and generally modest. Very few burials are known from the period 1200 to 800 BC, but, of these, several contained gold jewellery.


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Online ID: 000-100-035-719-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 125
Date: Between 1200 and 1100 BC
Material: Ceramic
Gold; large
Gold; large
Gold; small
Gold; small
Gold; small
Dimensions: 6.00" x 5.75"
What: Pottery / urn
Ring, penannular
Ring, penannular
Ring, penannular
Ring, penannular
Ring, penannular
Subject:
Who:
Where: Scotland, Banffshire, Banff (Duff House)
Scotland, Banffshire, Banff (Duff House)
Scotland, Banffshire, Banff (Duff House)
Scotland, Banffshire, Banff (Duff House)
Scotland, Banffshire, Banff (Duff House)
Scotland, Banffshire, Banff (Duff House)
Event:
Description: Large gold penannular ring found in a plain coarse urn at Duff House, Banff
Large gold penannular ring found in a plain coarse urn at Duff House, Banff
Small gold penannular ring found in a plain coarse urn at Duff House, Banff
Small gold penannular ring found in a plain coarse urn at Duff House, Banff
Small gold penannular ring found in a plain coarse urn at Duff House, Banff
Plain coarse urn found containing five gold rings at Duff House, Banff
References:
  • Coles, J.M. Scottish Middle Bronze Age Metalwork. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland, 97 (1963-64), pp 122, 150. 
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