Crafting Kingdoms: The rise of the Northern Picts

In January, King’s Museum will display an exhibition exploring the origins of the northern Picts, showing some ancient treasures and new discoveries. Among these will be a beautiful silver chain found just outside Aberdeen and a Pictish stone depicting a sea eagle and the mysterious Pictish beast, while objects on show for the first time include new discoveries from the excavations at Rhynie and a recently unearthed Pictish silver hoard. The displays will also show experimental reconstructions of Pictish metalworking by the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

The exhibition is being co-curated by Gordon Noble, of the University’s Archaeology Department, who led both fieldwork projects and whose research is revealing much about how the Iron Age tribes of northern Scotland became Early Medieval Kingdoms.

Picts Final

The exhibition will open January 20th 2015 in King’s Museum.

About uoamuseums

The University of Aberdeen's Museums include King’s Museum and the University's Zoology Museum. The museums can claim to be Scotland's oldest, with records of museums and collections as far back as the late 17th century. Thanks to their status as a Recognised Collection of national significance, the Zoology Museum’s displays are currently being improved, while King's Museum hosts changing exhibitions drawn from across the collections, particularly those formerly in Marischal Museum. Visitors are warmly welcomed to the museums, and there are no charges for admission. Marischal College now houses the Museums Collections Centre, caring for and conserving many of the collections.
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