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Necklace (fragment) and dress ornaments

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from Knowes of Trotty, Huntiscarth, Orkney

Necklace (fragment) and dress ornaments
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These pieces and fragments of amber beads, plates and pendants were found at the Knowes of Trotty at Huntiscarth in Orkney in a wealthy burial which also contained gold dress accessories. The burial dates from between 2000 and 1500 BC.

Many of the pieces were probably part of a necklace either made of the surviving pieces or part of a more elaborate spacer-plate necklace of a type also made in jet. Other pieces appear to be dress ornaments.

Amber was much prized from an early time in Scotland. Much of the Scottish amber originated in the Baltic, traded or exchanged as elite gifts. Only the wealthy and high status people had access to gold and amber in Bronze Age Britain.

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