VM_365 Day 113. Iron Age Faience Beads from North Foreland, Broadstairs

Two of three faience beads found with an Iron Age burial at North Foreland, Broadstairs
Two of three faience beads found with an Iron Age burial at North Foreland, Broadstairs

Today’s image for VM_365 Day 113 shows two beads made from an early type of glass called faience. These were two of three that were found at the neck of the skeleton of a woman buried in the fill of an old grain storage pit at North Foreland, Broadstairs in the Iron Age. The third bead had decayed so far it could not be recovered.

These beads were probably strung on a necklace, but the cord joining them and any other beads in organic material such as wood have not survived.

Beads like this were made from an uncommon material, based on a manufacturing technique that ultimately originated in Egypt and so are thought to have been items that carried a high prestige in the Iron Age.

The beads with this burial add a layer of detail to the interpretation of whether it was part of a deliberate and formal rite, or whether it was in some way hasty or casual, which the association with an abandoned feature of the nearby settlement seems to suggest.

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