Excavating the Viking Hoard - by Andrew Nicholson
Lecture | Craigdarroch House
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - 15:00 until 17:00
Andrew Nicholson, Archaeologist for Dumfries and Galloway Council, was at the forefront of this exciting excavation. In September 2014, investigators working on land in Galloway using metal detectors discovered the largest hoard of Viking objects found in Scotland for over 150 years. They called in the Council’s archaeologist to excavate it. The hoard contained over 100 items, with material from Britain, Ireland, Western Europe and beyond. It includes over 70 silver arm rings and ingots, a Carolingian silver vessel, Anglo-Saxon and Irish brooches, a rare gold pin and a large decorated cross, as well as a significant group of early medieval textiles. The hoard opens a fascinating window on a formative period in the story of Scotland, illustrating links to the wider world, and giving a glimpse of the superlative craftsmanship of the period.
Craigdarroch is a Georgian country house built by William Adam in 1729 and incorporates parts of an earlier house dating to at least the 14th century.
This event is by kind permission of Mrs Carin Sykes.
This event has been organised by the Dumfries and Galloway Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.