Cradle of Scotland
2 February – 26 June 2016
Remarkable archaeological finds from the Forteviot landscape in Perthshire.
Forteviot is also one of the most extensive concentrations of early prehistoric ritual monuments in mainland Scotland. It was the site of the ‘palace' where Kenneth mac Alpin, one of the first kings of a united Scotland, died in ad858 and it was crucial in the creation of the fledgling Scottish nation.
Among the notable objects on display is a bejewelled Bronze Age dagger. Dated somewhere between 2100 and 1950 BC, it was found in a burial site that had survived in a remarkable state of preservation. Its decoration is one of earliest recorded uses of gold in Scotland.