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Early Medieval (400AD - 1099AD)

Craft, industry and trade

Gold ingot, Whithorn

Period:
Early Medieval
Description:

This ingot and an associated length of gold rod were found in what was probably a precious metal workshop serving the 7th century monastery at Whithorn.  A small group of stone moulds, silver objects and crucibles (for melting metal) were also found in the vicinity of the workshop.

 

Small ingot with hammer marks on the upper surface.  The lack of striations on the upper surface shows it was made by hammering rather than trimming with a knife.

 

Place of Production:
Whithorn, Wigtownshire
Materials/Media:
gold
Dimensions:
length 25mm, weight 6.87gm
Source:
The Whithorn Trust
Accession number:
WIWMS Whit AU1
Digital Number:
WTMI001n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council