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From Croy, Inverness-shire

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This glass bead is one of several found at Croy in Inverness-shire in a hoard consisting primarily of Pictish jewellery. It was buried between 800 and 900.

The blue glass bead has white enamel decoration around its circumference and yellow spots.

Glass was not made from raw materials until the end of the first millennium AD. Instead, scrap material was melted down and used to make other objects such as beads or settings in brooches. Glass beads were prized objects by both Picts and Scandinavians.

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