The Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure

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Aberdeen Art Gallery
AB10 1FQ

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Bringing together the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland, the internationally significant Galloway Hoard is transforming our understanding of Scotland’s connections with the wider world during this period. The Hoard was buried around AD 900 and contains over 100 diverse objects, from silver, gold and jewelled treasures to rarely surviving textiles, including Scotland’s earliest examples of silk. Discovered in 2014 and allocated to National Museums Scotland in 2017, an intensive programme of conservation and research is now underway. In this free exhibition, see recently cleaned and conserved objects from the Hoard, revealing intricate decoration not seen for more than 1,000 years. Then delve deeper and examine hidden details found in X-rays, CT scans and 3D models. Discover what innovative research and analysis have already revealed about the Hoard, and explore what future work might yet uncover about this unparalleled find. Free with pre-booked museum entry. Book now at

The Galloway Hoard, discovered in 2014, is one of the most important UK archaeological finds of the century - the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland. Buried around AD900, the Hoard brings together a huge variety of objects and materials in one discovery. This stunning exhibition offers the first chance for visitors to see details hidden by the dirt and corrosion of over a thousand years, revealed by expert conservation, painstaking cleaning and cutting-edge research. The exhibition will show these cleaned, conserved objects, with AV and graphics giving behind-the-scenes insight into the archaeological and scientific details which have enabled researchers to begin to understand this unique find.
Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure is a National Museums Scotland touring exhibition supported by the Scottish Government.

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