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The Bronze Age

Ritual

Gold lunula, Cruggleton

Period:
Bronze Age
Description:

Two pieces from a sheet gold collar or lunula.  The gold sheet has been decorated with a punched decoration of lines and dots.  Lunulae were precious objects, probably worn as symbols of wealth and power.

 

These two pieces, which make up about one third of the original collar, were found by a metal detectorist.  They were both crunched up into balls.  Archaeological examination of the find spot failed to recover any other fragments or related objects.  A complete lunula found at Auchentaggart, Sanquhar is in the National Museum of Scotland.

Place of Discovery:
Cruggleton, Garlieston
Materials/Media:
Gold
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
WIWMS 2012.20
Digital Number:
SMAH 093
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council
References:
"First Scottish gold lunula in over 100 years", British Archaeology, Sept/Oct 2011, p6.