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Brooch Moulds

Site/Artefact
Brooch Moulds

Type
Stone Moulds

Site Number

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1837 East
6935 North

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Ordnance Survey Explorer No 358

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Bird-headed brooch-mould from Dunadd 


Replica of the product of such a mould

Excavation Details
Not Available

Description
Much evidence of metalworking has been found at Dunadd, including more than 200 crucibles. Among the evidence of wealth and high-status goods used and produced at this power centre is a collection of dozens of fragments of brooch moulds. Most of these moulds would have produced modest, but nevertheless luxurious jewellery, such as seventh century bird-headed brooches

But a few fragments show that much larger and more magniifcent pieces were produced.

The moulds can be dated, by stratigraphy, to the seventh century - a date rather earlier than that conventionally ascribed to the beginning of the production of large brooches.

The significance of these mould-fragments, not very impressive at first sight, can be better grasped when one sees the kind of ornament that they were designed to produce. With a diameter of nearly 10 cm, the mould would have produced something approximating to the somewhat larger Hunterston Brooch.

Access/Ownership
In National Museum of Scotland

References

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Mid-Argyll Sites and Artefacts

 1. Kilmory Oib
 2. Druim an Dúin
 3. Duntroon
 4. Dún Ardifur 1
 5. Eilean Rígh 1
 6. Dún Chonaillach
 7. Loch Awe Crannogs
 8. Torran Hoard
 9. Dún na Nighinne
10. Kilmartin Parish Church
11. Temple Wood Stone Circles
12. Ogham stone, Poltalloch
13. Barnakil Cross
14. Kilbride Chapel
15. Kilbride Crosses
16. Dunadd Fort
17. In Nomine disk
18. Brooch Moulds
19. Dunadd cross-marked quern
20. Loch Glashan Crannog
21. Glebe Cairn

22. Nether Largie North
23. Nether Largie Mid
24. Nether Largie South
25. Ri Cruin
26. Nether Largie
27. Ballymeanoch - Stones
28. Ballymeanoch - Henge
29. Ballymeanoch - Cairn
30. Dunchragaig
31. Baluachraig
32. Carnassarie Castle
33. BallymeanocH - Barrow
34. Dun Mac Samhainn
35. Glenmoine, Upper Largie
36. Creag a' Mhadaidh
37. Carnassarie - Round Cairn
38. Carnasserie - Standing Stones
39. Carnasserie - Cist
40. Carnasserie Cottage
41. Upper Largie - Cist
42. Upper Largie - Rock Carvings

43. Nether Largie
44. Poltalloch - Cist
45. Poltalloch - cists
46. Bruach an Druimein
47. Dunchraigaig - Dun
48. Poltalloch - Round Cairn
49. Rownfield - Cist
50. Ballymeanoch - Cist
51. Poltalloch - Cists
52. Ballymeanoch - Dun
53. Dunadd - Standing Stones
54. Dunadd - Standing Stone
55. Baile Mor - Dun
56. Anaskeog - Rock Carvings
57. Bariole
58. Rhudil - Round Cairn 1
59. Rhudil - Round Cairn 2
60. Kilmartin Castle
61. Slockavullin
62. Rowanfield - Standing Stone
63. Poltalloch - Cremation

 

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