Lasers shed more light on silver hoard
New technology has enabled archaeologists to reveal the true size and scale of a Roman plate which was buried in a silver hoard at Traprain Law near East Linton more than 1,500 years ago.
Only two fragments of the dish, both from the rim, survive. Experts found that laser scanning and digital reconstruction allowed an accurate full size reconstruction of the dish, based on the curve and appearance of the remaining pieces.
The results revealed that the plate was 70cm in diameter, making it one of the largest known examples from across the whole of the Roman Empire.
The reconstruction for National Museums Scotland was undertaken as part of the Glenmorangie Research Project, supporting the study and understanding of early Medieval Scotland (AD300-AD900).
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