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Organic items rarely survive and the evidence for these lost objects is often secondary from metal fittings or artistic depictions. To understand how these objects would have been experienced and the skills used to make them, the Glenmorangie Research Project has commissioned artists to recreate Early Medieval artefacts that rarely or barely survive.

The results are not replicas – they are original creations based on partial evidence from the period. The process of their making using modern skills and traditional techniques adds to our understanding – often in unexpected ways. Sometimes this has resulted in a re-interpretation of the often fugitive evidence. But what always emerges is an increased appreciation of the skills of ancient craftspeople.

Pictish throne

For the first of the Glenmorangie Research Project’s re-creations we chose to commission the making of a throne.

Traprain law dish

New research and digital technology has allowed us to recreate a huge Roman dish from the Traprain Law hoard.

Hostage stone

A doodle inscribed on a this stone slate gives valuable insight into the way in which portable reliquaries were carried and used.

Drinking horns

Metal mounts are nearly all that remain from Early Medieval drinking horns. We have worked with a contemporary horn-crafter and designer to recreate these iconic drinking vessels.


Brazing an iron hand-bell in bronze has been the most technologically challenging of all the craft recreations, reinforcing our appreciation of the skill of Early Medieval craftspeople.

Leather satchel

We recreated a leather satchel based on the rare but fortunate survival of leather fragments from a water-logged site at Loch Glashan in Argyll, dating from the 6th or 7th centuries AD.
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