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From Traprain Law, East Lothian

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Silver cover

This silver cover was found at Traprain Law in East Lothian. It was part of a hoard containing over 150 silver objects, mainly tableware, buried between 410 and 425 AD. Most of the objects were fragmentary.

The conical cover is ornamented with parallel grooves.

All the silver in the large Traprain Law hoard was treated as scrap, with virtually all of it cut up and bent over. It probably represents payment to ensure the loyalty of a friendly chief, but other theories include payment for warriors or loot.

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Online ID: 000-100-039-815-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  X.GVA 114
Date: Deposited between 410 and 425 AD
Material: Silver; hollow knob as handle; ornamented by bands of engraved parallel lines
Dimensions: 2.69" H x 3.00" D; weight 1.45 oz
What: Dish cover
Where: Scotland, East Lothian, Traprain Law
Description: Silver dish cover with a hollow knob as handle, ornamented by bands of engraved parallel lines, from Traprain Law
  • Curle, Alexander O. The treasure of Traprain. A Scottish hoard of Roman silver plate. Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson and Co., 1923, p. 77. 
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