Sil­ver lin­ing

The Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Pic­ture: Gor­don Ter­ris

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.

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