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The Selby Antiquarian Collection

Glass bead, Mochrum

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

This doughnut-shaped bead of brownish glass is a bit of a mystery.  It is said to have been found in a cairn on Corwall Farm.  Two cairns are known on Corwall but there are no records of any excavations.

 

Glass beads are well known in Viking contexts in Scotland, and are found in burial mounds, for example in the Isle of Man.  An amber bead is reported to have been found in the 18th century with a silver arm-ring of Viking type in a cairn at Blackerne, Kirkcudbrightshire.

Place of Discovery:
Corwall, Mochrum
Materials/Media:
Glass
Dimensions:
Diameter: 17mm
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2004.06.130
Digital Number:
SMAH056
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:
Murray, J. 2005. The William McDowall Selby Collection, Trans DGNHAS LXXIX, 147-172.