Dalgety bone bead

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Dalgety bone bead
Material Bone
Created Bronze Age
Discovered Dalgety, Fife, Scotland by Trevor Watkins

The Dalgety bone bead is a square sectioned, burnt bone fragment with a perforated hollow through the middle.[1][2]

It was found during archaeological excavations at Barns Farm, Dalgety, Fife, Scotland, in the context of an Early Bronze Age grave. The grave contained a single inhumed body in a coffin, accompanied by remains of three cremations. The bone bead was found amongst the burnt bone fragments of one of the cremations.[3] It measures 32mm (oxidisation means the original length is unknown) and is suggested to date to the Bronze Age.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Margaret Ponting (13 February 2003). "Megalithic Callanish". In Clive Ruggles. Records in Stone: Papers in Memory of Alexander Thom. Cambridge University Press. pp. 423–441. ISBN 978-0-521-53130-6. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Council for British Archaeology. Scottish Regional Group (1973). Discovery and excavation in Scotland. Scottish Regional Group, Council for British Archaeology. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Trevor Watkins. "The excavation of an Early Bronze Age cemetery at Barns Farm, Dalgety, Fife.". Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 112, 118-141. Illus. Fig.19 and Pl.9b.