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    • Broad period: IRON AGE
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Record ID: LVPL-7076A9
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Wrexham
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A light blue glass bead of Iron Age to post-medieval date. The bead is spherical in shape with a circular hole through the centre and is made from an opaque light blue glass. The hole has an internal diameter of 4.5mm. The outer surface of the bead is cracked and pitted in places. Dimensions: 12mm in diameter, 16.5mm in length, 2.85g. Guido (1999) classifies this type of bead group 6i, blue glass annular bead. When lacking specific diagnostic features and not from a secure archaeological context glass beads are difficult to date precisely as simple beads like this one were in…
Created on: Thursday 23rd November 2017
Last updated: Thursday 23rd November 2017
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Record ID: WAW-3118A7
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Warwickshire
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An Iron Age-Roman glass bead, dating 800BC - AD100. Approximately half of the bead remains, the breaks appear to be recent damage. The bead was circular with a circular perforation measuring 8.66mm diameter. It is made from dark blue glass with white spirals on the exterior surface which are flush with the surface of the bead and not forming a nodule which can occur on other examples. The spirals vary in thickness and size. The bead measures 23.54mm diameter, 11.45mm thick and weighs 3.74g. This style of bead has been discussed at length by Foulds (2014, pp. 7-8) who notes that…
Created on: Monday 22nd May 2017
Last updated: Monday 5th June 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Studley area.', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LEIC-8A0344
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Leicestershire
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Two blue glass beads, Opaque pale blue 8mm thick, 12mm diameter and weighing 1.37grams. Dark blue, 6mm thick, 9mm in diameter and weighing 0.97grams. The form and colouration suggest they could be of some age, but these are very difficult to date. Iron age to medieval?
Created on: Monday 6th February 2017
Last updated: Monday 6th February 2017
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Record ID: NMS-2A8833
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Buckinghamshire
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Glass bead. Blue translucent glass, annular, with an off-centre rib around the outer edge and a groove around the hole on the wider side. Chipped. Diameter 13mm. Thickness 6.5mm. Diameter of central hole 4.5mm. Not closely dateable, Iron Age - Anglo-Saxon.
Created on: Thursday 17th December 2015
Last updated: Thursday 3rd January 2019
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Record ID: ESS-33CCA3
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Iron Age-Roman glass bead, dating 800BC - AD100. This bead belongs to Guido's class 6, Oldbury type.It is made from blue and white glass and is roughly circular in shape, with a hole through the centre formed during manufacture with a mandrel. The white glass forms spirals at various points around the outside of the object. At these points nodules have been formed in the blue glass to emphasise the design. The nodules and spirals alternate between pairs and single features. A similar example has been recorded with the PAS (LON-041951), though that example had a copper alloy ring a…
Created on: Wednesday 11th November 2015
Last updated: Sunday 13th May 2018
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Record ID: CAM-CF57E4
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Central Bedfordshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Late Iron Age or Roman (c.300 BC - AD 410) blue glass bead with white detail meandering across the external surface in gently recurving irregular loops. This bead is circular in shape with flattened, althoough not parallel to each other, upper and lower edges. It has a D-shaped cross section formed by convex outer edges and straight vertical edges to the perforation through the approximate centre of the bead. The bead has a diameter of 14.6mm, height or thickness of 7.4mm and weighs 1.74g. The perforation through the bead is circular and has a diameter of 6.7mm. The white decoration…
Created on: Wednesday 19th November 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
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Record ID: HAMP-FB9144
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A Late Iron Age or Roman (c.300 BC - AD 410) blue glass bead with a white trail. The bead is translucent and a bright royal blue in colour. A marvered white trail of opaque glass has been laid around the outside in a series of broad U shaped loops, with a shorter V shape at the point the ends of the trail meet (and presumably had run out of room). There is recent damage to the outside surface of the bead. The bead measures 18.36mm in diameter (internal diameter of the central hole 7.73mm), 9.06mm in thickness and weighs 3.31g. Cf. Guido, 1978; plate I, 10d.
Created on: Tuesday 28th October 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
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Record ID: SOM-FCF621
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Somerset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Translucent blue-green glass bead with an opaque white-yellow trail, probably Late Iron Age to early Roman in date of Guido (1978) Class 11. The bead is slightly oval in plan, barrel shaped in profile with flat ends and convex curved sides. It has a square hole through the centre, distinctly larger at one side than the other (5.5 by 5mm compared to 4 by 3.6mm). It is a pale translucent green-blue colour. A trail of white-yellow opaque glass has been laid on the outside in a series of broad U shaped loops and then combed with a line drawn around the centre of the side creating a rounde…
Created on: Thursday 17th April 2014
Last updated: Tuesday 3rd March 2015
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Otterhampton CP', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: NMS-6460C0
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
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Undated annular blue glass bead, height 5mm, diam. 9.5mm, diam. of perforation 4mm. Simple blue beads are not closely datable, with examples from the Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon periods being quite common.
Created on: Monday 29th July 2013
Last updated: Monday 29th July 2013
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Record ID: LON-041951
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Greater London Authority
Workflow stage: Published Find published
An Iron Age blue and white glass bead with copper alloy ring, probably dating 800BC - AD100. The bead is circular with a single, large perforation through the centre. The bead is blue glass with raised knops which are decorated with spirals of white glass. There are single knops alternate with pairs of knops around the outer surface of the bead. The bead is threaded on a copper alloy ring. The ends of the ring slightly overlap each other. The finder found a parallel on display in the British Museum, Room 50, it is labelled "Norbury bead". Dimensions of the bead: thickness: …
Created on: Thursday 7th June 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 13th June 2012
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Record ID: NARC-CEEB43
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Bedford
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A complete blue glass annular bead of Late Iron Age to early Roman date. A deep cobolt blue colour with opaque white wavy lines around the body. The bead is 8mm thick and 18mm in diameter with a central hole 7mm in diameter. Margaret Guido describes this type as Wave-decorated beads in her publication 'The Glass Beads of the Prehistoric and Roman Periods', classed as Group 5, type 10d style.
Created on: Friday 11th May 2012
Last updated: Friday 11th May 2012
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Record ID: BERK-2B46F4
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Oxfordshire
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An incomplete Late Iron Age - Early Roman glass bead, annular type in a pale blue/green mix of about 50%. It has central perforation of 5.70mm.
Created on: Wednesday 8th February 2012
Last updated: Wednesday 8th February 2012
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Record ID: WMID-7FD5B0
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Staffordshire
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A broken glass bead of possible late Iron Age to Roman date. The bead is circular and domed on both sides. Only half survives but the bead would originally have been of approximately 12.5 mm in diameter. It is 7.04 mm thick and has an internal perforation of approximately 2.5 mm in diameter. It is broken across this perforation. It weighs 0.9 grams. It suffers from some damage and degradation.
Created on: Tuesday 31st January 2012
Last updated: Tuesday 26th February 2013
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Record ID: LIN-6BCDF7
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Lincolnshire
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A small glass bead dating to the late Iron Age. The bead is of Guido's class 5 'Hanging Langford' type. The bead is circular in plan and the hoop is oval in cross-section. The glass is off-white in colour and almost clear, with patches of yellow on either side.
Created on: Monday 31st January 2011
Last updated: Wednesday 4th July 2012
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Record ID: SWYOR-EBF2F4
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: North Yorkshire
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A fragment of a glass bead of the Oldbury type, of late Iron Age or Roman date, 300BC to 400AD. The basal glass is dark blue in colour and has slightly raised knobs, each of which is decorated with a white swirl or spiral. Three of these knobs remain on this fragment. The fragment is 20.4mm long, 15.8mm wide and 8.5mm thick. It weighs 3.31gm. A fragment of an identical bead can be found on the database at reference YORM-7DAAE6.
Created on: Tuesday 25th January 2011
Last updated: Thursday 27th January 2011
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Record ID: NMS-A8E5C3
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Norfolk
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An Iron Age-Late Saxon wound glass bead. It is long and circular-sectioned, with a circular longitudinal hole. The sides of the bead are irregular, swelling on one side and remaining fairly straight on the other, before narrowing at either end, with the spiral from the winding process clearly visible. The pierced ends are slightly irregular, but not broken. The glass is opaque, and very dark blue, appearing almost black. It is 21mm in length and has a maximum diameter of 8mm.
Created on: Wednesday 10th November 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 10th November 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Beetley', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-9494B3
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: St. Helens
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Small blue glass bead dating from the late Iron Age to the Roman period. It is a medium sized generic bead. This type is particularly common in the late Iron Age and the Roman Period. Some are also known on early Anglo-Saxon necklaces. The bead is sub-spherical in plan with flattened ends and a central hole. The surface of the object has been chipped and scratched. The bead contains small white inclusions.The internal diameter of the perforation measures 3.45mm. This type of bead can be classified as Guido Group 6 IVb (Guido 1978, 155ff.). Guido lists a parallel from Wilderspool. …
Created on: Tuesday 9th November 2010
Last updated: Wednesday 4th January 2012
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Billinge', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: LVPL-26BA21
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Northamptonshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
An incomplete blue glass bead of an Oldbury type. The object is bun shaped and is decorated with three white swirls. Only one half of the bead survives however it appears to be a modern break. The object appears to be capped, ie different glass on the outside and on the core, which is quite rare. The bead can be classified as Guideo Class 6, M.Guido, The Glass Beads of the Prehistoric and Roman Periods in Britain and Ireland (1978)53-57 and 112-117(schedules). Similar beads which can be found on the database are YORYM-7DAAE6 and LIN-3A9556.
Created on: Monday 23rd August 2010
Last updated: Thursday 30th September 2010
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Islip', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: CORN-333795
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Glass cobalt blue bead, circular in plan and oval in profile and section with a large offset circular hole. One side of the bead is thicker, in height, than the other by about 0.5 mm. There is a slight spur on the edge of one side of the perforation, suggesting that the glass has been rolled on a central rod, and pulled off while still hot. Irregular beads made of this dark blue glass have been found in Iron Age, Roman and Post-Roman contexts. There is a very similar example (2005.26.14) excavated from Castle Dore on display in the Iron Age case at the Royal Cornwall Museum. Q…
Created on: Friday 29th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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Record ID: CORN-E73100
Object type: BEAD
Broad period: IRON AGE
County: Cornwall
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Glass bead, circular in plan and oval in profile, with a large off-set circular hole and a crack which runs through one side of the bead. The glass is translucent and pale green colour. Similar beads have been found in Iron Age and Romano-British contexts in Cornwall, such as two from Trevelgue Head, an Iron Age hillfort near Newquay, on display at the Royal Cornwall Museum, and about to be published by English Heritage and Cornwall Council in a monograph edited by Jacqueline Nowakowski and Henrietta Quinnell in section 8.4.1, Nos.1 (Acc. No: 1982.13.18.3) and 2 (Acc. No: 1982.12.18…
Created on: Thursday 14th January 2010
Last updated: Thursday 24th February 2011
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