A large globular polychrome bead with a ‘black’ ground, yellow and black eyes and white and turquoise zig-zag trails.
Overall effect of trails produces a diagonal trailed cross between each setting with four consisting of crossed white trails and two a combination of white and turquoise; trails produce a six pointed star effect around perforation at each end.
The bead can be dated to the very late 4th into the 5th century. Beads decorated with zig-zag or wave patterns like this have a very wide geographic distribution but are not common.
Other information & metadata
Site location: Baker’s Wood, Gloucestershire
Project type: Archaeological excavation
Site type: Multiperiod site
Discovery context: Structure (house terrace)