by Fraser Hunter & Kenneth Painter
The Traprain Law treasure from east Lothian in south-east Scotland is the most dramatic hoard of late Roman Hacksilber yet found. The interpretation of these bent, broken and crushed silver fragments has long been debated – were they loot broken up by uncultured barbarians, or some form of diplomatic gift? This volume places the phenomenon in the wider context of late Roman silver-use. The authors provide fresh insights into the Traprain hoard and bring together a challenging series of perspectives on the nature of late Roman society and economy, and its relationship to the barbarian world.
The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledges funding towards the publication of this volume from Glenmorangie, the Marc Fitch Fund, Strathmartine Trust, Universität Leipzig and National Museums Scotland.
Belinda Crerar (Britannia) – :
It is refreshing to see archaeological, literary, numismatic and scientific research brought together in a single volume, combining detailed analyses with broader theoretical narratives, to create an impressively comprehensive overview.