Previous owner: Previously owned by
Date Made/Found: 2500-1000 BC
, British, 1821 - 1861
Material and Medium: Jet or shale
Dimensions: Circumference c. 74cm
Accession Number: J93.432
One of two jet necklaces found in Cow Low barrow, near Buxton in Derbyshire. This necklace is quite complex and is made up of 47 beads. Most of the beads are of the popular cylindrical type. The flat beads have many strings passing through them. They are also decorated, though this is very fine and difficult to see. The necklace also has a small triangular bead which may be used for fastening it. It would probably have threaded through some kind of loop on the other end of the necklace.
Both necklaces in the barrow at Cow Low were found with the same skeleton, probably that of a woman. She must have been very wealthy and important to have owned two such necklaces. Jet beads were very popular with the Bronze Age people of the Peak District. However, this is the only example of a burial with two necklaces .
Cow Low was excavated by Thomas Bateman in 1848.
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