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Identifier: archaeologyprehi00wils
Title: The archaeology and prehistoric annals of Scotland
Year: 1851 (1850s)
Authors: Wilson, Daniel, Sir, 1816-1892
Publisher: Edinburgh : Sutherland & Knox
Contributing Library: National Library of Scotland
Digitizing Sponsor: National Library of Scotland

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ost frequentlyattracted attention. The examples found in Scotland differ in novery remarkable degree from those with which the archffiologists botliof England and Ireland are familiar. They consist generally of twolarge bronze rings, united by two or sometimes three links of thesame metal. They are frequently highly ornamented, and the marksof later repair observable on many of them suffice to shew the greatvalue attached to them. The beautiful examjile figured here, wasfound about the year 1785, in the bottom of a deep moss at the eastend of Birrenswork Hill, Dumfriesshire, a locality rich in the remains MS. Letter, .T. Stewart, Libr. S.A. Scot. ngemuir, to John Dillon, Esq., 28th March^ MS. Letter, John Smith, Esq. of Swind- 1822. Libr. S.A. Scot. 458 THE TEUTONIC 01! IRON TEKlOD. of Roman and Britisli arts, and where the traces both of Roman andnative intrenchments are still visible. The outer diameter of the ringsof the bridle-bit measures two and seven-tenth inches, and the orna-

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Bronze Bridle mental appendages projecting into each ring still retain considerabletraces of the red and blue enamel with which they have been filled.It must have been made for a small horse, as the centre piece mea-sures somewhat less than two inches within the perforated loops. Itappears to have been long in use. The large rings are much worn,and have been ingeniously repaired by rivetting a new piece to each.The small loops or eyes also attaching them to the bit have had afresh coating of metal superadded where they were partially wornthrough. A remarkable discovery of ornaments, bronze rings, bridle-bits, andother portions of horse furniture was made in a moss at Middleby,Annandale, in tlie year 1737. The whole of these were secured bythe zealous Scottish antiquary. Sir John Clerk, and are still preserved,along with numerous other objects collected by him, at Penicuick

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