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Beads of amber

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From Lanarkshire

Postcard of Beads of amber.
000-190-000-962-C
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Beads of amber

These amber beads were found in a burial mound somewhere in Lanarkshire along with six locally made cannel coal beads. They are made of Scandinavian amber, and were imported from northern Europe sometime between 2450 and 2000 BC.

The beads are in the shape of miniature battle axes, a symbol of power in Scotland and Continental Europe.

Only the wealthiest and highest status people had access to gold and amber in Bronze Age Britain. Amber beads and full-sized stone battle axes are known from early individual burials across the North Sea. These beads are unique in Scotland.


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Online ID: 000-190-000-962-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.EQ 110
Date: Between 2450 and 2000 BC
Material: Amber; in form of a perforated stone hammer head
Amber; in form of a perforated stone hammer head
Amber; in form of a perforated stone hammer head
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What: Bead
Bead
Bead
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Who: Sim Collection
Sim Collection
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire
Scotland, Lanarkshire
Scotland, Lanarkshire
Event:
Description: Scandinavian Late Neolithic amber axe-shaped bead from a tumulus in Lanarkshire
Scandinavian Late Neolithic amber axe-shaped bead from a tumulus in Lanarkshire
Scandinavian Late Neolithic amber axe-shaped bead from a tumulus in Lanarkshire
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