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String of beads


String of thirty nine glass and paste beads of various colours and patterns, from a grave of a woman and infant, Westness, Orkney, 850 - 900 AD

Museum reference

X.IL 740



Object name

String of beads


Second half 9th century


Glass, Paste, Stone, Bone, String

Physical description

Glass and paste, various colours and patterns; one white stone bead; one thin disc of bone; on string

Collection place(s)

Westness, Rousay, Orkney, Scotland, Northern Europe


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Maldonado, A. 2021. Crucible of Nations: Scotland from Viking Age to Medieval Kingdom. Edinburgh: National Museums Scotland.

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Canmore Site Record

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