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Pendant made from a beaver tooth
Amulet made from a beaver tooth, found at Wigber Low, Kniveton, 600CE.
The tooth has been mounted in a short ribbed gold tube with small suspension loop. There is a similar amulet in the collections of Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, where artefacts from later excavations at Wigber Low are kept.
The name 'Wigber Low' probably means Wicga's barrow, with Wicga being an Anglo-Saxon name, and low meaning small hill or burial mound. The barrow was first built between 3,000-4,000 years ago but several Anglo-Saxon graves from between 500-600 CE were later inserted into the mound.
From the collection of the nineteenth century archaeologist JF Lucas
- Credits: Lent by the Trustees of the British Museum
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)