ALICE Blackwell from the National Museums Scotland holds a silver neck chain with Pictish symbols from South Lanarkshire around the third century.
It is part of a rare collection of Scotland’s earliest silver to go on show for the first time in an exhibition at the museum. The exhibition focuses on the arrival of the precious metal through the Roman army, and details the lasting impact it had on early Medieval Scotland. It includes the first public display of the Dairsie Hoard, which dates to the late third century, and was discovered by a Scots teenager with a metal detector. It is the earliest known example of “hacksilver” – fragments of cut and bent silver – from anywhere beyond the Roman frontier.
David Hall, from Livingston, who is now 16, found the haul in Fife when he was 14 in 2014. It opens today and runs until February next year.