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Migdale Hoard Collection Back On Display In Inverness Museum

Lecture by Dr Alison Sheridan, National Museums of Scotland

A magnificent hoard of Bronze Age jewellery, found at Loch Migdale, near Bonar Bridge in Sutherland will be the topic of a lecture to be given by Dr Alison Sheridan of the National Museums of Scotland on Thursday 29 April 2004, 7pm at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.

The collection which went on display in Inverness Museum earlier this year in January was removed for its safety from the public gaze to allow electrical re-wiring work at Inverness Museum. The Migdale Hoard, on loan from the National Museums of Scotland, will be back on public display from 30th April to 14th June.

In her lecture, Dr Sheridan will talk about 'The Migdale hoard and the Bronze Age in the North East'. She will also look at other important Bronze Age sites and finds, including Seafield West, Findhorn and older finds of spacer-plate necklaces.

Before the talk, there will be an opportunity to view the newly re-instated Migdale hoard from 6.30pm.

The Hoard material was found when blasting the top of a granite knoll, some time before 1900 and notification of the find on Sutherland Estate was originally presented by world famous Scottish industrialist and benefactor Andrew Carnegie to the Society of Antiquaries.

The material, dating to around 2000 BC is on display in the ground floor of Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. The hoard includes a bronze axe head, bronze hair ornaments, sets of bronze bangles or anklets, and a series of beautifully carved jet and shale buttons that may well have adorned a Bronze Age jacket.

The hoard is of particular significance to archaeologists as it dates to a time when bronze was first being made in Britain, with north east Scotland being a key area in this process.

For further information on this, or any other archaeological find from Highland, please contact Patricia Weeks, Assistant Curator (Archaeology), Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EB. Tel (01463) 237114.

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