The Norrie’s Law hoard is mostly made up of hacksilver – parts of objects that have been deliberately cut up ready to be traded or exchanged, or melted down and made into something new. Until recently, this was the only hoard of its kind from Scotland – other hacksilver hoards, such as the one found at Traprain Law, contained only Roman silver.
Most of the Norrie’s Law silver is early medieval, though it does contain a handful of late Roman fragments, including part of a spoon.
Above: Fragment of a Roman spoon, found at Norrie's Law.
Late Roman coins were also found but do not survive today. Many of the early medieval objects in the hoard are rare or even unique. The symbol-decorated plaque is one of its kind. The brooches with twisted hoops and fragments of spiral bracelets are very rare, as is a mystery object decorated with snail spirals hammered into high relief. Pieces of silver sheet – perhaps from a plate or dish – had been folded into parcels, though all were unfolded after the hoard’s discovery.
Above: Terminal from a silver bangle.
Above: Part of a silver bangle, found at Norrie's Law.
Above: Mystery object decorated with snail spirals.