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TITLE
Tortoise or Oval Brooch
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_2471_VOLXII_P329
PLACENAME
Castletown
DISTRICT
Central
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Olrig
DATE OF IMAGE
1876
PERIOD
1870s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31652
KEYWORDS
Scandinavian
Vikings
brooches
jewellery
decorations
pins
Tortoise or Oval Brooch

This brooch was one of a pair of brooches found with a skeleton in a mound covering a ruined broch near Castletown, Caithness.

This type of brooch is associated with areas of Viking occupation. They were mass-produced in Scandinavia around the 9th and 10th centuries. They were used to fasten the shoulders of women's overdresses and commonly came in pairs with beads strung between them. Decoration on the brooches could become quite elaborate and often had projecting amber or glass bosses.

This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)

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Tortoise or Oval Brooch

CAITHNESS: Olrig

1870s

Scandinavian; Vikings; brooches; jewellery; decorations; pins

Highland Libraries

Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (illustrations)

This brooch was one of a pair of brooches found with a skeleton in a mound covering a ruined broch near Castletown, Caithness.<br /> <br /> This type of brooch is associated with areas of Viking occupation. They were mass-produced in Scandinavia around the 9th and 10th centuries. They were used to fasten the shoulders of women's overdresses and commonly came in pairs with beads strung between them. Decoration on the brooches could become quite elaborate and often had projecting amber or glass bosses.<br /> <br /> This illustration was taken from 'Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Vol XII, Part I' (1876-77)