A brief update

It's been a bit quiet on this blog, but it isn't because I've forgotten my readers. For the last year I've been working very hard to prepare my thesis for publication and this has taken a very long time! Although there's been very few changes to the text except for a bit of reorganization, I … Continue reading A brief update

Decoration and Colour of Iron Age Glass Beads from Britain

I recently attended the 20th Congress of the International Association for the History of Glass conference in Fribourg, Switzerland and presented a poster on my research. I have included the text and and some of the original images  (due to copyright restrictions, some images have been replaced, see below for alternatives).  Introduction Although a history … Continue reading Decoration and Colour of Iron Age Glass Beads from Britain

A Glass Bead from Caerau Hillfort, Cardiff, South Wales

A Glass Bead from Caerau Hillfort, Cardiff, South Wales An Iron Age glass bead was discovered in an enclosure ditch during the 2013 excavations at Caerau Hillfort. Although unique in design, it bears many similarities to the glass beads from Meare Lake Village in Somerset, which suggests an Iron Age date of 300 – 50 … Continue reading A Glass Bead from Caerau Hillfort, Cardiff, South Wales

An Exciting New Iron Age Glass Bead from London

A recently recorded glass bead from the Portable Antiquities Scheme provides valuable insight into how late prehistoric beads were used. LON-041951(Figure 1) is a large translucent blue bead with a number of opaque white spirals that sit on protrusions in the glass. These spirals alternate between single occurrences and pairs along the circumference of the … Continue reading An Exciting New Iron Age Glass Bead from London