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The Iron Age

Craft and Industry

Worked Jet Fragments, Luce Bay

Iron Age

This selection of objects come from Luce Sands, and show fragments of a highly polished bangle, and the remains of hollowed out jet beads used in the production of jewellery.


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.


Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
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S. James and V. Rigby, Britain and the Celtic Iron Ag (London, The British Museum Press, 1997) I.M. Stead, Celtic art in Britain before the Roman conquest (London, The British Museum Press, 1987, revised edition 1997)

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