Explore

Tools for making clothes in Iron Age Britain

A bigger picture

Clothes are an important aspect of personal appearance, but they, like hairstyles, facial hair, tattoos and piercings, leave few traces for the archaeologist. Jewellery survives much better and, along with other metal objects, provides valuable information about what people looked like and how important appearance was to them.

Gold jewellery

Winchester_jewellery

Gold jewellery from the Winchester hoard, Hampshire, southern England.

See more See more: /images/uploads/classroom/Winchester_jewellery.jpg

Winchester jewellery painting

jewellery_painting

A painting of how the Winchester jewellery may have been worn.

See more See more: /images/uploads/classroom/jewellery_painting.jpg

Snettisham gold torc

Snettisham_torc

Gold torc from Snettisham, Norfolk, about 75 BC.

See more See more: /images/uploads/classroom/Snettisham_torc.jpg

Gold ring

Alton_ring

Gold finger ring from Alton Hampshire, 50 BC – AD 50.

See more See more: /images/uploads/classroom/Alton_ring.jpg

Gold bracelet

Snettisham_bracelet

Gold bracelet from Snettisham, Norfolk, 150 – 50 BC.

See more See more: /images/uploads/classroom/Snettisham_bracelet.jpg

Bronze head

Weleyn_head

Bronze model of a human head, from Welwyn, Hertfordshire, about 50 – 20 BC.

See more See more: /images/uploads/classroom/Weleyn_head.jpg

Copper alloy razor

Netherhampton_razor

Copper alloy razor from Netherhampton, Wiltshire, 800 – 600 BC.

See more See more: /images/uploads/classroom/Netherhampton_razor.jpg

Bronze mirror

Desborough_mirror

Decorated bronze mirror from Desborough, Northamptonshire, 50 BC – AD 50.

See more See more: http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/highlight_objects/pe_prb/d/decorated_bronze_mirror.aspx
Next section: Teaching ideas
clothes_tools_banner

Tools for making clothes in Iron Age Britain