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Treasure Trove Scotland 2013-2014 report released

24 June 2014

Treasure Trove Scotland 2013-2014 report releasedTreasure Trove Scotland has released the latest report of finds reported in Scotland, which include an Iron Age horse strap mount and a Roman wine dipper.

Treasure Trove Scotland (TTS) works to ensure that significant objects from Scotland's past are preserved in museums for everyone to enjoy. Each year, TTS issues a report which details finds reported during the previous year, along with details of the finder.

2013-2014 REPORT

The year 2013-2014 saw an increase of 35 percent in finds reported, due to outreach work by the Treasure Trove Unit, who work with both museums and members of the public. This year's finds include:

  • An Iron Age strap fitting
  • A Roman wine dipper
  • The first gold Merovingian coin to be found in Scotland
  • 16th-century gold jewellery

Treasure Trove Scotland has issued the following find reports, for items discovered during the period covered by the 2013-14 report.

Iron Age Strap Mount, Dunbar, East Lothian

A substantial strap mount cast in bronze and decorated with roundels of yellow and red enamel. Both in the casting and the enamelling, this object would require considerable technical skill and is characteristic of the 1st – 2nd centuries AD.

An object like this would have been part of a larger suite used to decorate the trappings of a horse and associated vehicle such as a chariot. It is a symbol of the wealth and power of the owner and symbolic of the warrior elites who were a significant part of Iron Age culture.

Allocated to East Lothian Museums Service.

Roman Wine Dipper, Hawick, Scottish Borders

A fragmentary Roman wine dipper, comprising the cast handle and the fragmentary remains of the bowl, made from sheet metal.

The findspot is in close association with a settlement enclosure and suggests that the dipper was in native hands, and might best be paralleled with other examples (such as the well known hoard from Helmsdale) where such elaborate items of Roman culture appear to have been used as diplomatic gifts to ensure friendly relations with local tribes.

Allocated to Scottish Borders Museums Service.

Early Historic brooch, Auldearn, Highland

A small early medieval copper alloy cast penannular brooch with animal headed terminals. Close parallels may be drawn to similar styles of brooch such as from the St Ninian’s Hoard, Shetland which dates to the 8th-9th century.

The use of two headed animal heads in Early Medieval metalwork appears to have originated in a belief it held protective power for the wearer, and although at first it may have had pagan origins it later embodies a more Christian belief. This example is unusual in being made of copper alloy rather than silver, and was found by chance when the finder was digging a ditch.

Allocated to Nairn Museum

Gold Merovingian coin, Coldstream, Scottish Borders

A gold Merovingian tremissis dating to the 7th century AD; the tremissis was a coin introduced in the late Roman Empire and continued to be issued by successor states across Europe. Coins of this type were in use across England, but a Scottish findspot is highly unusual for such a coin and this is the first of its type found in Scotland.

Allocated to the Hunterian Museum.

16th century gold finger ring, Roslin, Midlothian

Gold finger ring with the bezel in the shape of clasped hands and decorated with white enamel. Conventionally such rings were given as marriage gifts or used as wedding rings.

The interior has been engraved in capitals with the inscription (in French) PRENE EN GRE (‘Accept in gratitude’), an abbreviated version of a phrase common at the time; ‘accept with gratitude the gift of him who loves you’.

Allocated to National Museums Scotland.


825 objects found by members of the public were claimed as Treasure Trove and allocated to museums across Scotland.

A total of £50,070 was paid out to finders in ex gratia awards, with individual payments ranging from £10 to £5500

During this period 22 excavation assemblages were declared by professional archaeologists.


To view the full Treasure Trove 2013-2014 report, visit the Treasure Trove Scotland website. To report a find, visit the Treasure Trove Scotland FAQ page.

Treasure Trove Scotland, National Museums of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh EH1 1JF; tel: 0131 247 4355.

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