Who knew farm fields in Scotland also had silver. Ancient silver, left at a prehistoric stone circle approximately 1,500 years ago at the Gaulcross site in northern Scotland, has been discovered by a troop of archaeologists uncovering more than 100 silver items, including coins, as per the Daily Mail.
Other findings in the haul include Roman coins, military equipment, brooches and bracelets and pieces of cut, bent and broken silver, among other things. Martin Goldberg from the National Museums of Scotland described the items as being “like a little snapshot in time,” according to USA Today.
The Gaulcross treasure has “preserved fashions from what we think of as the darkest bits of the Dark Age after the fall of the Roman Empire,” he said.
It was roughly 170 years ago when Scottish laborers were clearing a rocky field with dynamite that the silver troves were discovered.
The laborers were subsequently ordered to turn the filed into a farmland, which led to a massive silver discovery over a century later. “We set out, not really thinking we would find more silver,” said study co- researcher Gordon Noble, head of archaeology at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen.
Back in 2013, two groups in Scotland revisited the site and slowly, more silver items were discovered. The silver is believed to have belonged to a group of people called the Picts, who were a group of tribes living in the north of the Forth and Clyde during the Late Iron Age and Early Medieval periods.
Currently, the three silver pieces are on loan and display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.