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Bangle Fragment, Carronbridge

Iron Age

A white opaque glass fragment of an Iron Age bracelet. Only one edge of the bracelet is present, due to it having been split in half. This gives an oval profile with a flat inner face. This object was found in a double ditched enclosure, Carronbridge, Morton. This site was near a Roman temporary camp.


Jewellery in the Iron age


Bangles could have been worn around the wrists, but in some parts of northern Europe they were worn as anklets. They could be made out of bronze, but could also be carved out of soft stone such as shale or jet. Rings were also very uncommon, and might be worn on a finger or a toe.


Brooches were often very simple and little more than safety pins for holding clothes together. Glass beads were only made in a few places in Iron Age Britain. Most women would have only worn one or two glass beads, if any at all. These were often not worn around the neck, but as earrings or in the hair.


Place of Discovery:
Carronbridge, East side of Nith, south of village
White opaque glass
length: 29 mm width (remaining): 6 mm
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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