Bone and antler were used in the Iron Age to make a variety of items, even human bone was used, items such as pins for holding clothing together or sewing to elaborate necklaces and other adornments. After being worked to shape they could be given a high polish. The original function of many of these items is unknown, but it is likely these artefacts were worn as a form of jewellery. Artefacts located at the Wiltshire Museum.
With the opening of the new Prehistoric Galleries at the Wiltshire Museum, our artefact of the month is a bead made of gold wire wound around a shale core from the Early Bronze Age burial of a woman at Preshute G1a. It testifies to the skill of the goldsmiths in the Early Bronze Age and may have been part of a necklace. Artefact now on permanent display at the Wiltshire Museum.
Artefact of the Month
Artefacts found in Wiltshire can be particularly interesting and stunning. We will upload images of artefacts that we think are inspiring each month.