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String of Beads

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1978A347
Collection:Antiquities - Mediaeval
Date:500 - 600


This is a typical string of beads from a Saxon woman's grave. Although they are usually described as necklaces, the beads were normally worn hung between two brooches that the women wore pinned at the shoulders.Some women wore lots and lots of beads. It isn't unusual to find more than a hundred beads in a grave. Most are glass beads like these, but amber beads are also common. More unusual beads were made from metal, shells or even fossils.

Further Information

Production Period:Saxon
Place of Origin:England
Place of Excavation:Faversham, Kent, England


Height:210 mm
Diameter:80 mm