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Bead

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from St Andrews, Fife

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000-180-000-897-C
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Bead

This amber bead was found in 1990 in a hoard of late Bronze Age material at St Andrews in Fife. The hoard contained over 200 tools, weapons and ornaments as well as seven amber beads and three cannel coal bangles. It was buried between 950 and 750 BC.

A number of Scottish hoards from this period contain ornaments made from exotic materials - such as Baltic amber, Yorkshire jet, and gold from Ireland. They suggest that Late Bronze Age communities in Scotland were involved in a widespread network of contacts with other regions.


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Online ID: 000-180-000-897-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  
Date: Between 950 and 750 BC
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  • Cowie, Trevor, O'Connor, Brendan and Proudfoot, Edwina. A Late Bronze Age hoard from St Andrews, Fife, Scotland: a preliminary report. In: Chevillot, C. and Coffin, A (eds). Le Bronze Atlantique, Actes du premier colloque, Beynac 1990, Beynac, 1991, pp 49 
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