In September 2014 metal detectorists working on land in Galloway discovered the largest hoard of Viking objects found in Scotland for over 150 years, and called in the Council’s archaeologist to excavate it.

999 Galloway HoardThe hoard contained over 100 items, with material from Britain, Ireland, Western Europe and beyond. It includes over 70 silver armrings and ingots, a Carolingian silver vessel, Anglo-Saxon and Irish brooches, a rare gold pin and a large decorated cross, as well as a significant group of early medieval textiles. The hoard opens a fascinating window on a formative period in the story of Scotland, illustrating links to the wider world, and giving a glimpse of the superlative craftsmanship of the period.

Our first lecture of 2018 for the GAS Lecture Programme 2017-18 welcomes Andrew Nicholson, who will be giving his lecture on Excavating the Galloway Viking Hoard on Thursday, 18th January, 2018 at 7:30pm in the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow University. 


About the Lecturer

Andrew Nicholson is the Archaeologist for Dumfries and Galloway Council and led the excavation that recovered this unique hoard. Hear more about it by attending his lecture. All of the lectures in our programme are free and open to members of the public as well as members of Glasgow Archaeological Society. No booking is necessary.