This is a follow-up to a blogpost from last month, in which I wrote about the discovery of a major hoard of Viking treasure in South West Scotland.
Among the items is a small Carolingian (Frankish) pot with its lid still in place. This fascinating object was CT scanned earlier this week, to give the archaeologists an idea of what it contains. Only after this kind of preliminary investigation will the pot be opened and emptied so that its contents can be examined individually.
I am grateful to metal detectorist Derek McLennan, who discovered the hoard, for pointing me to a video uploaded by Historic Scotland yesterday. It shows the pot being scanned at Borders General Hospital in Melrose. The results can be seen on the video and also at the ‘Beyond the Beep’ Facebook page run by Derek and his partner Sharon.
The hoard is of such significance that many folk are eagerly awaiting further news. In the meantime, look out for updates from the archaeologists and other specialists who are currently examining the objects. A good way of keeping track of what’s happening is to follow Derek and Sharon on Facebook or Twitter (see links below).
* * *
Historic Scotland – Scanning the Viking Hoard (video)
Facebook page for Treasure Trove in Scotland
Wikipedia page for the Dumfriesshire Hoard
My blogpost from October – Viking treasure found in Dumfriesshire
* * * * * * *