Note on a Balance and Weights of the Viking Period, found in the Island of Gigha

Thomas Bryce (Author)

C Desch (Author)


Keyword(s):
Tin, Beam, Leaden Whorl, Burial Mound
Period(s):
1281, 1320, 1300

Abstract


The circumstances of discovery of the objects is unknown. They are rare in Scotland and only two other examples are known from a Viking burial mound in the island of Colonsay and one which formed part of a hoard ploughed up at Croy, Inverness-shire. The group consists of a portion of the beam, the indicator, and the pans of a balance, two suspension pieces in the shape of birds, three weights, and a leaden whorl. In construction the balance exactly resembles balances of the Viking period in Norway and Sweden. Metallurgical analysis indicates that the material is bronze coated with tin.

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Published
30-11-1913
How to Cite
Bryce, T., & Desch, C. (1913). Note on a Balance and Weights of the Viking Period, found in the Island of Gigha. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, 47, 436-443. Retrieved from http://journals.socantscot.org/index.php/psas/article/view/7301
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