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Beads in early Anglo-Saxon England
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Beads made of amber or glass are common finds in graves dated to the early Anglo-Saxon period. A very few beads consist of other materials, mostly shell, jet, rock crystal, amethyst or metal. Most beads were worn by females in the area of the neck or chest, and numbers vary from a single bead to several hundred, in the latter case including 'miniature' glass beads with a diameter of c. 2mm. Large glass or rock crystal objects (c. 4cm or more in diameter) with a central perforation tend to be published as 'whorls' (see spindle whorl), in particular if they are single finds. Single, large b…

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Birte Brugmann, “Beads in early Anglo-Saxon England”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_146>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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