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 Post subject: scotlands silver treasures
PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 1:48 pm 
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Silver was introduced to the inhabitants of Iron Age Scotland by the Roman army. An exhibition currently running in Edinburgh reveals the impact of this exotic material throughout the 1st millennium AD – as Alice Blackwell explains.

To the people of Iron Age Scotland, silver was a new and exotic material, arriving with the Roman army in the 1st century AD. (Exploitation of local geological sources is not attested until more than a millennium later.) The first silver coins to reach Scotland’s shores came in army pay packets and only circulated within the military community, while occasionally Roman military sites like Newstead in the Scottish Borders have yielded prestigious pieces of silver jewellery.


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