Goldberg, D Martin (2016) The colour purple: lithomarge artefacts in northern Britain. In: Ancient lives: object, people and place in early Scotland. Essays for David V Clarke on his 70th birthday. Sidestone Press, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 273-279. ISBN 9789088903755

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This paper revisits an artefact type, lithomarge beads, last studied 40 years ago by Stevenson and Collins (1976). The rare purple colour produced by the naturally occurring mixture of haematite and kaolinite is the key characteristic and made this material desirable. Lithomarge beads are widely distributed across Northern Britain, but there are also numerous examples from Roam forts that help in dating the type. A tentative connection to purple pigment use within the Roman province of Britain is also suggested.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: lithomarge, Iron Age, Roman, Early Medieval, colour, purple, jewellery
Subjects: A General Works > AC Collections. Series. Collected works
A General Works > AM Museums (General). Collectors and collecting (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
N Fine Arts > NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2016 15:08
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 15:08

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