Holmes, N M McQ. (Research Associate) (2009) The Catherinefield, Dumfries, Hoard, 2007-8. British Numismatic Journal, 79. pp. 172-185. ISSN 0143-8956

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In 2007 a group of metal-detectorists working in a field at Catherinefield Farm, Dumfries,
began to unearth a scatter of hammered silver coins. These had been spread across an area
about 100 m � 50 m, but it rapidly became clear that they belonged to a hoard disturbed by
ploughing. By the end of 2007 a total of 145 coins had been recovered, and a further eleven
were found in the early part of 2008, but despite some excavation in the area where coins had
been found in the greatest concentration and at the greatest depth, no undisturbed residue
was located. Neither was there any definite evidence of a container, although one foot from
a bronze tripod bowl was recovered.
The coins were catalogued by the writer at the National Museum of Scotland and were
claimed as Treasure Trove and allocated to Dumfries Museum. It remains possible that more
coins will eventually be recovered if the detectorists return to the field after further ploughing
takes place, but this is not expected to happen in the near future, and the number and identity
of those already available for study are sufficient to allow some analysis of the hoard to be
carried out, even though we have no idea what proportion of it has so far been recovered.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Full text version freely available at the official URL
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coins Finds Scotland
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CJ Numismatics
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scotland and Europe (to 2011)
Depositing User: Ruth Churchman
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2011 15:17
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2014 10:26
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/237

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