Campbell, Ewan and Heald, Andrew (2007) A Pictish brooch mould from North Uist: implications for the organisation of non-ferrous metalworking in the later 1st Millenium A.D. Medieval Archaeology, 51. pp. 172-178. ISSN 0076-6097

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Abstract

During analysis of the National Museum of Scotland’s collections, one of us (AH) discovered a previously unrecognised mould for the production of a ‘Pictish’ penannular brooch. The context of the mould, from an undefended and isolated low-status settlement
site, at Cnoc a’ Comhdhalach, North Uist (Western Isles),is unusual for an object of this type. However, recent research on similar sites in the Western Isles suggests that
the organisation, control and social context of high-status metalworking in this area differs from that in the better-known areas of western Britain and Ireland, where the
production of elaborate brooches is associated with high-status, often royal, sites. This note describes the new material and explores the implications of the finds.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2007 Society for Medieval Archaeology
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Archaeology (to 2011)
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Depositing User: Mark Glancy
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2010 14:24
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2010 14:30
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/74

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