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Iron Age Amber Beads by thefuguestate Iron Age Amber Beads by thefuguestate
Iron Age amber beads (~150BC) from a temple near Kings Lynn, UK.

The temple contained more amber than the rest of the British iron age combined, a long with glass beads, bronze jewelry and 1.5 tonnes of pottery, presumably all as votive offerings. It was the most exciting site I have ever had a chance to work on. Also from this site:


What is shown above is only the complete beads, many more had been damaged or were fragmentary. They almost certainly would not have made a single necklace since most of the beads are carved very differently. The passage of time has not been kind to them - they have become extremely brittle and developed a dull brown patina that hides their lustre. However, in the inset you can see where one has fracture and get an idea of the bright, warm, translucent orange these beads would have originally been.

This photograph was done on behalf of Heritage Lincolnshire [link] so all copyrights belong to them and please do not reuse this image :)
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PhoenixShaman Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   General Artist
Ooooh nice Incredibly jealous now :)

I worked at Hungate in york for a spell and all I seemed to find were pins, which were amazing at first... then annoying as we were digging where pins had been manufactured and every blighter had to be small found in the box at the top of the hill :\
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thefuguestate Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it got like that on this site. When we found the first one we we ecstatic, but by the thirtieth we just thought "oh no, not another one to record!"
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annabethchase61 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist
Some of them look kinda like cheerie-os
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thefuguestate Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know, I kept thinking that as I was photographing them! :)
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annabethchase61 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist
:D
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