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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Fifty-two cylindrical gold beads made from a rectangular thin sheet of beaten gold rolled into a cylindrical shape and decorated with embossed grooves all strung together.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1100BC-750BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 290 millimetres
    • Thickness: 2 millimetres
    • Weight: 6 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Although the presence of sheet-working technique and embossed decoration in Britain would suggest an Early-Middle Bronze Age date, parallels in Bronze Final individual burial cremation contexts throughout France as at Uffheim, Haut-Rhin (Eluère 1982, 30, fig 25, no. 3) and Courtavant (Eluère 1982, 30, fig 25, no. 2) suggest a Late Bronze Age date (c. 1100-800 BC). The bead is classified as a perle tubulaires cannelées (see Eluère 1982, 30-31, 168-171). The only other known parallel in Ireland is a sequence of nine tubular beads - five with grooves and four unornamented - in the National Museum in Dublin (Armstrong 1933 no. 387 Plate XIV, no. 245).

    Armstrong, E.C.R. 1933. Guide to the Collection of Irish Antiquities. Catalogue of Irish Gold Ornaments in the collection of the Royal Irish Academy. Dublin: Stationary Office.

    Eluère, C. 1982. Les Ors Prèhistoriques. Paris: Picard 41


  • Bibliography

    • Murgia et al 2014 3.10.1 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Fifty four gold beads made of sheet metal.

Fifty four gold beads made of sheet metal.

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