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Orb from Wigber Low.
Date Made/Found: 600-700 AD
Material and Medium: Rock crystal
Dimensions: Diameter 3.1cm
Department: Archaeology
Accession Number: 1996.716.2
This rock crystal amulet was found at Wigber Low. Other examples are usually suspended, using a silver chain. This example has no sign of any suspension. However, there is a V-shaped hole in one surface with traces of chipping around its rim. This may be all that now remains of the suspension. Wigber Low was excavated between 1975-6 by John Collis from the University of Sheffield. These excavations were started after spearheads were found during a survey of the area. Further excavation at the site in 1987 uncovered a small cairn containing a child burial and an Anglo-Saxon burial of a young woman. Grave goods from this burial included the fittings from a wooden box, an iron knife, spear, and this rock crystal orb.
Display Location: Weston Park Museum

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