This gold necklace is comprised of 33 links of identical geometrical design with a circular rosette medallion at the center and a chain at one end for closure. It was found as part of a hoard of coins and gold items in the Monastery. Valuable pieces such as this often would be hidden away during times of insecurity.

Provenience: Room H of the Monastery of Lady Mary (Cemetery North 270)

Date: 550 - 599 C.E.

Length: 87.6

Object Number: 31-50-212

Museum Record

Further Reading:

Fitzgerald, Gerald M. A Sixth Century Monastery at Beth-Shan. Philadelphia: University Museum, 1939.

Yeroulanou, Aimilia. Diatrita: Gold pierced-work jewelry from the 3rd to the 7th century. Athens: Benaki Museum, 1999.

Quick, Jennifer. Magnificent Objects from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Philadelphia: University Museum, 2004.