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From Skara Brae, Orkney

Postcard of Two beads.
© National Museums Scotland

Two beads

These beads were found at the site of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in Orkney. The one on the left is either jet or a stone which resembles jet, while the one on the right is of grey stone. They were used sometime between 3100 and 2400 BC.


The settlement of Skara Brae was buried in sand, thus preserving buildings and a range of every-day objects. All walls and furnishings were of stone, since little wood was available in Orkney. Stone was also used for ornaments such as these.

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Online ID: 000-100-040-489-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.HA 653
Date: Between 3100 and 2400 BC
Material: Jet; discoidal
Stone, grey; discoidal
Dimensions: 0.60" c. D
17.80 mm D
What: Bead
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Scotland, Orkney, Skaill, Skara Brae
Description: Discoidal bead of grey stone, from Skara Brae
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