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The Iron Age


Finger Ring, Lochar Moss

Iron Age

A large jet black ring with a rounded polished profile with a flattened section chipped off the side. This was part of Dr Grierson's collection in Thornhill and was originally found in Lochar Moss in 1840.


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.


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