Pictish Silver Chain,  6th-7th Century AD

This massive silver chain was found at Whitecleugh in Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is one of ten surviving heavy silver chains, of a type found only in Scotland and generally attributed to the Picts. They were symbols of high status, worn between 400 and 800 AD.

The chain consists of 44 circular rings linked together in pairs with a penannular terminal ring. The ring is decorated with symbols similar to those found on Pictish stones, here inlaid with red enamel.  The chain weighs 1.73 kilograms.

Although commonly attributed to the Picts, only three chains have been found in the Pictish kingdom proper. This chain is one of two decorated with Pictish symbols. These chains were almost certainly badges of high rank or power.


Tribes, Romans, a Celtic war queen, fires, more fires, Britain’s first Christian Martyr, and barbarians. The Roman town of Verulamium: a (very) brief introduction.

While in England I spent some time in St Albans, which is about an hour away from central London. My main interest in visiting the area was for its Roman occupation: this is the location of the Roman town of Verulamium, once the third largest town of Roman Britain. I will be doing a few blog posts featuring some of the Roman remains in the area I got a chance to visit, and so thought that I would start off with a brief historical introduction to give some background and context to the posts.

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