2,000-year-old Iron Age chain discovered in Scatness

November 14th, 2007 - 8:18 am ICT by admin  
The Shetland Amenity Trust discovered the chain from a roundhouse wall. It has 20 double links and the remains of possibly the clasp, the BBC reported.

It has been described as extremely well preserved, and adds to the jewellery and other metal artefacts found at the site.

The chain will be put on for public display. However, it will be taken to the University of Bradford for conservation before its demonstration.

Hailing the finding, Shetland Archaeologist Val Turner said, “This discovery is quite rare.”

“If it wasn’t for the broken clasp it would be almost fit to wear today,” she added.

The general manager of the Shetland Amenity Trust, Jimmy Moncrieff, said: “This is further proof of the rich material culture and metal working skills centred in and around Scatness 2,000 years ago.

“It helps to emphasise the importance of the site as the gateway to understanding the Iron Age in Shetland.” (ANI)

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