Bracelets (fragments)

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from Burray, Orkney

Postcard of Bracelets (fragments).
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Bracelets (fragments)

These fragments of silver bracelets are part of the large Viking Age silver hoard found at Burray in Orkney, deposited around 997 and 1010. They are from a distinctive Viking Age bracelet type common in Scotland, called 'ring-money'.

Like all but one of the 26 complete and 105 pieces of 'ring-money' found in the hoard, these examples are plain. Some have nicks - small cuts made to check the silver purity when the silver was weighed in economic exchanges.

The Vikings colonised the Northern and Western Isles from around 800. The Northern Isles remained under Scandinavian control until the 15th century, ruled by Norwegian jarls or nobles for the Norwegian king.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-105-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.IL 271
Date: 997 - 1010
Deposited around 997 and 1010
What: Armlet / fragment
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Burray
Description: Fragments of armlets from the Burray hoard, Orkney, 997 - 1010
  • Graham-Campbell, James. The Viking-age gold and silver of Scotland (AD 850-1100), 1995, pp. 51-2, 57-9, 138-9. 
  • Ritchie, Anna. Viking Scotland London: B.T. Batsford Ltd/Historic Scotland, 1993, pp. 74-5.
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