A blue glass bead from the Magistrates Court site, Derby, Derbyshire. (c) Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Blue Glass Bead (2001/59-sf174)
A blue glass bead from the Magistrates Court site, Derby, Derbyshire
This Viking Age gadrooned or Melon type dark blue glass bead was found in the Magistrates Court excavation in Derby, Derbyshire. Glass beads were a coveted item for making jewellery with some being imported from as far away as the Middle East. They were manufactured by specialised artisans who would heat various coloured glass rods over a furnace and melt the glass onto a metal stick to form different shaped beads.