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from Skaill, Sandwick, Orkney

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These silver bracelets were found at Skaill at Sandwick in Orkney. They are part of the largest Viking Age silver hoard found in Scotland, buried between 950 and 970.

The bracelet on the left was made from three tapered rods twisted together, ending in a plain ovoid terminal. It was probably refashioned at some point in its use. The bracelet on the right was made from a thin band, with stamped ornament.

The Skaill hoard is a huge collection of silver. It weighed over 8 kilograms, equivalent in size to the largest hoards found in Scandinavia. The silver was probably the accumulated wealth of a Norse leader in the Scandinavian colony of Orkney.

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