Notice of a Jet Necklace found in a Cist in a Bronze Age Cemetery, discovered on Burgie Lodge Farm, Morayshire, with Notes on Scottish Prehistoric Jet Ornaments
Cist Burials, Necklace, Jet, Beads
Prehistoric, Bronze Age
A group of seven Bronze Age short cist burials was discovered over a period of several months during quarrying. One of the cists contained a Food Vessel lying on its side, a very decayed skeleton and a necklace made of jet. It comprised seven plates and one hundred and seven beads. This is the third necklace to be recovered from the area. The position of the components within the cist has enabled a reconstruction. A detailed discussion of Bronze Age jet ornaments is presented along with a comprehensive list of all the examples from Scotland. Scottish jet necklaces fall into two broad groups, one composed of a single string of beads, and the other of a more elaborate arrangement of plates and beads, forming a crescentic pattern worked out on regular lines.