Gang Chain

National Museums Wales-100/78

British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

This iron chain is composed of five sets of neck shackles, joined to each other by series of 'figure of eight' shaped links. The gang chain may have been used for slaves, criminals or sacrifices, during the Late Iron Age or Roman conquest period (100BC-AD78). The chain was one of a pair found at Llyn Cerrig Bach. It remained so strong, that it was used to drag vehicles out of boggy ground, by the builders of the airfield during the 1940s.

This object is part of National Museums Scotland collection.

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  • Title: Gang Chain
  • Creator: National Museums Wales
  • Date Created: -100/78
  • Location Created: Findspot Llyn Cerrig Bach, Wales, UK
  • Physical Dimensions: Length: 300cm
  • External Link: National Museums Wales Online Catalogue