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SANT Lecture: Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard by Dr Martin Goldberg

Dr Martin Goldberg, National Museums Scotland

Date/Time: Wednesday 26 October 2022, note: 6.00pm start

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University

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Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle upon Tyne Lecture

The Galloway Hoard contains an unusual variety of materials and artefact types beyond the silver bullion so often found in Viking-age hoards. The find included heirlooms, ecclesiastical items (one of which names a previously unknown Northumbrian bishop), and the rare preservation of organic materials wrapping parcels and distinct groups. A three-year AHRC-funded project at National Museums Scotland, in partnership with the University of Glasgow, entitled Unwrapping the Galloway Hoard has been studying what this unusual assemblage can tell us about Viking-age Britain, Ireland and beyond. 


Martin Goldberg is Principal curator of Medieval Archaeology and History at National Museums Scotland. He co-authored Early Medieval Scotland: Individuals, Communities and Ideas (2012) and Scotland’s Earliest Silver (2017) based on research from National Museums Scotland’s award-winning partnership with The Glenmorangie Company. He has co-curated the 2013 Vikings exhibition (in partnership with the Swedish History museum) and Celts: art and identity (in partnership with the British Museum) contributing several essays for the accompanying (2015) book. He is co-author with Dr Mary Davis of the book Galloway Hoard: Viking-age Treasure which accompanies the (2021-22) exhibition.