Bead of coral

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From Broxmouth, East Lothian

Postcard of Bead of coral.
© National Museums Scotland

Bead of coral

This coral bead was found at Broxmouth in East Lothian. The coral derives from the Mediterranean, and the bead possibly made its way to Scotland as part of a chain of long-distance aristocratic gift exchange, in the last four centuries BC.

The bead is made from a short stretch of coral stem, unmodified in shape except for being perforated along its centre.

Coral was a popular prestige item in Iron Age Europe, used for beads and to adorn brooches. This bead is the only example of a coral bead from Scotland.

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Online ID: 000-100-103-239-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.1997.758
Date: 400 BC - 0
Between 400 BC and 0
Material: Coral
What: Bead / coral / fragment
Where: Europe, Mediterranean
Scotland, East Lothian, Dunbar, Broxmouth
Description: Fragment of Mediterranean coral bead from Broxmouth, East Lothian, 400 BC - 0
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