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The Galloway Hoard: Viking-Age Treasure

The Galloway Hoard has now finished at the National Museum of Scotland but it will be on display at the Kirkcudbright Galleries from 9 October 2021 to 10 July 2022 and on to Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery from 30 July to 23 October 2022.

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The Galloway Hoard vessel

The lidded vessel which contained the Galloway Hoard's most precious treasures is itself a revelation.

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The Galloway Hoard

The Galloway Hoard is the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.

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See the Galloway Hoard

These unique and rare Viking-age objects lay hidden for a thousand years, but are now saved for the nation thanks to you!

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Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard

“Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard” is a 3-year AHRC project in partnership with the University of Glasgow that aims to challenge current understanding of the process of hoarding through an interdisciplinary study of one of the best-preserved hoards found in Britain to date.

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What is the Galloway Hoard?

In 2014, something very special was found in Galloway, South West Scotland. This short animation is designed to introduce children and families to the Galloway Hoard.

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Galloway Hoard: learning resources

We've created a set of schools resources around the Galloway Hoard, including an animation, a quiz, and more.

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Spotlight On: The Galloway Hoard

Discover how archaeologists and conservators from National Museums Scotland are beginning to piece together the story if this unique archaeological find.

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The Galloway Hoard: hoards and the Viking Age in historical context

Find out what a hoard is, how historians and archaeologists have interpreted them, and why the Galloway Hoard is truly unique.

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The Galloway Hoard: Dr Martin Goldberg in conversation with Michael Hirst

Curator Dr Martin Goldberg joins Vikings writer and producer Michael Hirst to delve into the mysteries of the incredible Galloway Hoard.

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Museum Animations

Delve into our animated adventures and explore the world around us from unique perspectives.

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Bird Pin trail

Families can pick up our new trail to find the Bird Pin, from the Galloway Hoard, hiding amongst her feathered friends around the National Museum of Scotland.

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Silver dirhams from the Storr Rock Viking Hoard

A 10th-century hoard found on the Isle of Skye contained 19 dirhams, silver coins from the Islamic emirates of central Asia. These were not exotic curiosities collected by a Viking traveller, but evidence of trade routes connecting Scotland across vast distances at the turn of the first millennium.

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Norrie's Law hoard

This early medieval silver, unearthed in Fife during the 19th century, is one of the largest Pictish hoards ever to be found.

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Traprain Law treasure

Buried around the middle of the 5th century AD, this hoard of Roman silver from Traprain Law in East Lothian is the largest known from outside the Roman Empire.

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Scotland's Early Silver on film

Discover the story of Scotland’s early silver and how this precious metal helped to shape the first kingdoms of Scotland.

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Gold object of the week No. 15

The Whitefarland Hoard, Arran

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Gold object of the week No. 6

The Colaton Raleigh Hoard, Devon

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Gold object of the week No. 14

Late Bronze Age gold hoard from Cae Capel Eithin (Gaerwen), Anglesey, Wales

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Traprain law dish

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

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Rediscovering Viking-age Scotland with Michael Wood

Acclaimed historian and broadcaster Michael Wood joined Dr Adrián Maldonado, Glenmorangie Research Fellow, to discuss Adrián’s new book, 'Crucible of Nations: Scotland from Viking Age to Medieval Kingdom'. The book reassesses the museum’s Viking-age collections, uncovering an exciting new vision of Scotland’s diverse and creative past.

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The Lewis chess pieces

These medieval chess pieces from the Scottish island of Lewis are among our most popular collections. They give us fascinating insights into the international connections of western Scotland and the growing popularity of chess in medieval Europe.

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The Glenmorangie Commission

In 2018, the internationally renowned metalsmith Simone ten Hompel was commissioned by National Museums Scotland and The Glenmorangie Company to create a new artwork inspired by our curatorial research and the Museum’s collection of metal artefacts from early medieval Scotland.

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Romans in Scotland: major archaeological sites

Archaeological finds from Rome's invasions of Scotland can be found throughout the country, from the Solway Firth to Moray. Three of the most prominent sites are Trimontium, Traprain Law, and the Antonine Wall.

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Our museums and their objects tell stories of people, places and history. We protect over 12 million objects and save their stories for the nation, but we need your support.

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St Ninian's Isle treasure

Unearth a fascinating Pictish treasure trove.

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Romans in Scotland: highlight objects

See five highlight objects that summarise the legacy of Rome's invasions of Scotland

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Romans in Scotland: the Roman army

The Roman army was drawn from many corners of the vast Roman Empire

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Romans in Scotland: life on the frontier

Forts were not just military bases, they became the heart of communities

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Iron Age gold torcs

In September 2009, an amateur treasure hunter made an amazing discovery when he unearthed four gold neck ornaments (torcs) in a field near Stirling.

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The Rise and Fall of Hamilton Palace

The destruction of Hamilton Palace, the grandest stately home in Britain, was one of the greatest losses to national heritage ever to happen in this country. This is the story of how Scotland’s biggest treasure trove was won and lost.

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Pocket watch from the shipwreck of the Swan

Salvaged from a shipwreck, this pocket watch has lain under water for over 300 years. But now a high-tech process has uncovered the hidden secrets of this rusty artefact.

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The mystery of the miniature coffins

Satanic spell, superstitious charm or echo of Edinburgh’s grisly underworld history? We examine the theories put forward to explain the strange tale of these tiny coffins.

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Gold object of the week No. 4

Ystradowen finger ingot

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Scottish History and Archaeology department

Our archaeological and Scottish collections cover Scottish material culture from the earliest times to the present day.

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Dr Fraser Hunter

Fraser Hunter is Principal Curator of Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology.

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Gold object of the week No. 9

Late Bronze Age cup-ended ornament from Skye

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Gold object of the week No. 12

Late Bronze Age bracelets from Hillhead, Caithness

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Collections Services department

The Collections Services department manages and cares for our collections.

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Dr Matthew Knight

Matthew is a Senior Curator of Prehistory responsible for the Scottish Chalcolithic and Bronze Age collections. He is also responsible for the Scottish archaeological human remains collections.

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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.

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Westness brooch-pin

A masterpiece of early medieval art, this silver brooch-pin decorated with gold, amber and glass was found buried within a Viking grave in Orkney.

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Dr Qin Cao

Dr Qin Cao is Curator of the Chinese collections, including those of the Himalayan and Mongolian regions, and the Korean peninsula.

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Glenmorangie Research Project

The Glenmorangie Research Project on Early Medieval Scotland began in 2008 and since then has uncovered exciting new insights on this important period of Scotland’s past.

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Dr Alice Blackwell

Alice is the Curator of Medieval Archaeology & History, with responsibility for the late medieval collections.

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Network members

The AHRC Gold Research Network brings together, for the first time, experts and early-career researchers from a number of disciplines and countries to share their knowledge and expertise about gold.

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