[Pounds Sterling]500,000 for iPods of the Iron Age
Byline: Jim McBeth
IN the dim and distant past, they belonged to invaders, traders and the great and good from Scotland's rich history.
Some were everyday items, as commonplace to our ancestors as mobile phones and iPods are to us - coins, bracelets, buckles and leads for dogs that died a thousand years ago.
Others testify to great events, wealth and prestige - necklets fashioned from braided gold and damascened weapons that were not meant for battle.
Together, the latest haul from Treasure Trove Scotland has a combined value of nearly [pounds sterling]500,000.
Hundreds of finds are recorded in the annual report of the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR).
The QLTR, who is a Crown Office official, is responsible for gathering treasure trove, rewarding those who find it and distributing artefacts to museums and collections through the Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel.
The 'star' of this year's report, which covers from April 1, 2010, until March this year, was a hoard of gold Iron Age torcs or necklets found at Blair Drummond, Stirlingshire.
David Booth, chief game warden of Blair Drummond Safari Park, unearthed the 2,000-year-old torcs in 2009 and was rewarded with [pounds sterling]462,000. Two of the necklets are ribbon torcs, a style found in Scotland and Ireland, but the remaining two are believed to have originated in France.
Other less valuable but no less historically significant finds include a 16th-century ornamental gold button discovered in Braco, Perthshire.
Decorated with a floral design in gold filigree, it is a rare survival of an item that appears regularly in portraits of the period. …