Painstaking clean-up of Scottish Viking hoard unlocks new secrets

Started by gash, November 25, 2019, 09:52:16 pm

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A painstaking clean-up operation on a haul of Viking-age treasures found buried on church land in Scotland is unlocking new secrets about their origins.

Growing evidence is emerging that the contents of the Galloway Hoard, which was discovered by a metal detectorist five years ago, have been drawn from across Europe and Asia
Tiny traces of linen, silk, wood and leather have been analysed during two years of detective work on the hoard has helped develop theories that some objects are several centuries older than previously thought.

The careful wrapping of more than 100 gold, silver and jewelled treasures is set to shed new light on how long it was accumulated for before being buried in Galloway nearly 1,000 years ago.

Dr Martin Goldberg, principal curator of archaeology and history, said the extensive conservation work had "completely transformed" the look of some objects and revealed new clues expected to shed light on previously-hidden connections between Britain, Europe and beyond.

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