Goldberg, M., Noble, G., Mcpherson, A. and Sveinbjarnarson, O. (2015). Rediscovering the Gaulcross hoard. British Archaeology 143. Vol 143, pp. 38-43.

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Rediscovering the Gaulcross hoard
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British Archaeology 143
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British Archaeology
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143
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66
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38 - 43
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A hoard of Pictish silver was found at Gaulcross, now in Aberdeenshire, in 1838. With only three pieces known to have survived into the present, it was difficult to judge its meaning and significance. In 2013, as part of the University of Aberdeen Northern Picts Project and National Museums Scotland's Glenmorangie Research Project a small team of archaeologists revisited the site, hoping to add contextual information to antiquarian accounts of the hoard's discovery and to identify remains of two Bronze Age stone circles that had been removed in the 1830s. Geophysical survey revealed little, so the team focused on metal-detecting and then opened a trench over the most concentrated area of finds. Although a few features were found, none could be linked directly to the silver, and very little trace of the stone circle at this location was seen. However, over one hundred additional pieces of silver were recovered, suggesting that the Gaulcross hoard was potentially as rich as another historic hoard found at Norrie's Law, which also only partially survives. The new objects from Gaulcross include recognisable late Roman elements as well as others likely to be Pictish. The two hoards, their dating and possible origins are discussed in this article and the aims of future work of the Glenmorangie Research Project are outlined. The work at Gaulcross demonstrates the value of reinvestigating antiquarian sites; projects targeting nationally important but poorly contextualised material have the potential to greatly enrich our knowledge of artefacts that have long formed treasured parts of museum displays. LD
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Martin Goldberg
Gordon Noble
Alistair Mcpherson
Oskar Sveinbjarnarson
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2015
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Roman (MIDAS)
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Hoard (Auto Detected Subject))
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Gaulcross Hoard (Auto Detected Subject))
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12 Dec 2015