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from Skaill, Sandwick, Orkney

Postcard of Bracelets.
© National Museums Scotland


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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Online ID: 000-190-004-095-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 24
Date: Deposited between 950 and 970
Material: Metal, thin; flat; tapering to both ends, one terminating in a hook, the other imperfect
Wire, twisted
Dimensions: 3.00" D
What: Armband
Ring, arm
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Sandwick, Skaill
Scotland, Orkney, Sandwick, Skaill
Description: Arm ring of twisted wire from Skaill
Flat armband of thin metal tapering to both ends, one terminating in a hook, from Skaill
  • Graham-Campbell, James. The Viking-age gold and silver of Scotland (AD 850-1100), 1995, pp 114-5. 
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