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Benin Bronze

Objects from Fraser Hunter

Iron Age strap junction from horse harness fitting

"The find is an Iron Age strap junction from horse harness, made in the south of England and brought north by a cavalry soldier serving in the Roman army. It broke and was dumped in a pit at the Roman fort of Doune, in Stirlingshire, around AD 86. It's a unique find for Scotland and very rare in Britain as a whole - I could find only one close parallel. But the corrosion makes it very hard to see the detail, the decoration is worn because it was heavily used, and the slightly curved surface makes it hard to photo - so too does the shiny surface, from too much lacquer! So I can see much, much more detail from the RTI."

Fraser Hunter (Principal Curator, Iron Age & Roman Collections)

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Neolithic portable art

"This find was excavated from Upper Largie in Argyll. It is a very rare piece of Neolithic portable art, dating to around 5000 years ago. The very faint scratches define a series of lozenges. We know this style from stones built into tombs and houses in Orkney and Ireland, but it is very rarely found on portable objects - this is the first example from western Scotland). The scratches are very hard to see because of the ripples in the stone - the RTI is really useful in allowing me to highlight the scratches.

This is a hard object to see under the microscope. Here, with the ability to move the light around, you can choose an angle that reduces the ripples from the stone and allows the very faint scratching to be more prominent. I need to see it against the original to work out the full pattern, but this will be invaluable in making sense of the very rare design."

Fraser Hunter (Principal Curator, Iron Age & Roman Collections)

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Test RTI of a medal shot with 2 cameras



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