Rare 9th century Viking necklace found in Ireland

Archaeologists working in Glencurran Cave in Ireland have discovered a "stunning piece of jewellery," a Viking necklace of glass and gold foil beads. (photo)

"Such necklaces were worn by high status Viking women that they might denote a woman's cultural and religious affiliations. These were certainly prestigious items," said Dr Marion Dowd of Sligo IT. "The necklace would have been imported into Ireland from Scandinavia in the late 9th and early 10th century. Small numbers of these beads have been found with Viking burials at Kilmainham, Dublin, but nothing like the number found in Glencurran Cave."