For the last twelve months I was lucky enough to work as an Assistant Finds Liaison Officer in the Durham Portable Antiquities Scheme office. This was a part-time role supported by the Headley Trust for the first six months and I am grateful that it was extended for another 6 months for one day a … Continue reading Researching Roman Dividers
I struggled for a long time trying to decide on an image or compilation of images for the front cover of my book. When I say 'struggled' what I really mean is that I had a lot of ideas, but I was completely limited by my own artistic talent! But, then I had an idea... … Continue reading Dress and Identity front cover art
The key to any good research is a solid backbone from which to build your ideas. For my research on glass beads, I built a substantial database with information about each individual bead. I then used this to explore regional trends. Building the database took hours and hours of time. I was lucky in that … Continue reading Backbones…
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
It is extremely rare to find glass beads in British Iron Age burials. This is partially because there are so few burials of human remains that can be attributed to this period. It seems that the practice of burying the deceased in formal graves was not the dominant practice. Instead, the archaeological record suggests … Continue reading Glass Beads from a Late Iron Age Mirror Burial
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
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
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