Cowie, Trevor, Armbruster, B and Kirk, S (2011) A Middle Bronze Age gold ring from near Falkland, Fife. Tayside and Fife Archaeological Journal, 17. pp. 19-24. ISSN 1360-5550

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This paper describes the circumstances of discovery, form, technology and archaeological significance of a broken gold ring found near Falkland, Fife in 2007. Originally penannular, the ring is composed of seven separate strands of circular-sectioned gold wire which have each been joined along their length to create a ribbed band. Analysis by SEM-EDX suggests that the wire has been made by hammering wire with a quadrangular cross-section into a more rounded shape, and that the individual strands have been joined by using a brazing alloy or hard solder. Although only the second example found from Scotland, the ring is related to a class of composite gold rings of Middle to Late Bronze Age date known form the British Isles, Ireland and France.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: brazing, Bronze Age, composite ring, gold, hard solder, jewellery, Middle Bronze Age, wire
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Archaeology (to 2011)
Funders: National Museums Scotland
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2011 15:19
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2013 13:18

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