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From Kildonan, Eigg, Inner Hebrides

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This amber bead was found at Kildonan on Eigg in the Inner Hebrides in a man's grave. He was buried between 900 and 950 with some expensive textiles, a spear, an axe, an elaborate buckle, and other grave goods characteristic of Viking burials.

The bead is unusually large for an amber bead.

Amber was a valuable material, used for expensive jewellery by both Pictish and Scandinavian craftsmen. Most amber was probably imported from the Baltic region. Amber beads appear in Viking graves of both men and women.

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