Date Made/Found: 100 BC-42 AD
Material and Medium: Glass Beads
Dimensions: Overall: 23mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: 1960.18a
This glass bead was found in the Fulwood area of Sheffield in 1960. Evidence of Roman activity has been found in Fulwood but this bead dates from the Late Iron Age.
The main body of the bead is made of dark blue glass and it is decorated with white swirls. It would have been made by winding molten rods of glass around an iron rod and the decoration added by trailing thin rods of glass of a contrasting colour onto the surface.
Glass beads were only made in a few places in Iron Age Britain and are not very common archaeological finds. This style of bead was introduced to southern Britain during the 1st century BC. It is similar in style to examples from Europe and was probably imported. Beads like this were used up until the Roman period.
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