RP 185: The Cuerdale Hoard
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This catalogue focuses on the entire non-numismatic contents of the Cuerdale Hoard (discovered in 1840), together with all the other hoards and single-finds of gold and silver artefacts (ornaments and ingots) of Viking character in the British Museum, found in Britain and Ireland, up to the end of the year 2000, with each piece individually catalogued and illustrated. There is also a full chapter discussing the coins from Cuerdale, together with summary descriptions.
This is the first comprehensive account of the hoard, with extensive discussion of the objects themselves in the context of comparable material in the British Museum and other collections.
This publication is of interest not only to scholars but also anyone fascinated by the Viking Age.
Product code: cmc0861591855
Title: The Cuerdale Hoard and Related Viking-age Silver and Gold, from Britain and Ireland, in the British Museum.
Author: James Graham-Campbell.
Format: Perfect bound with gloss laminated cover.
Number of pages: 400 pages.
Size: 210 x 297mm (A4 size)
llustrations: 130 b/w line drawings and halftones. Maps, tables and separate plates section.
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The Cuerdale hoard is the largest, heaviest and most famous Viking-Age silver hoard ever discovered from the British Isles: but it has taken over 170 years of a definitive catalogue and detailed assessment to be published.
Graham-Campbell has spent his whole career studying Viking-Age silver, and no one could produce a more masterful description of all the hoard’s known items, and other relevant material in the British Museum.
This volume is an indispensable reference for any museum curator, amateur, or professional researcher who engages with Viking-age silver and gold, as well as a resource and a challenge for Viking study and research more generally.
The history of the find and its curation offers a fascinating case study into the history of museums and collecting. Like the Cuerdale Hoard itself, this publication is a trove of excellent workmanship, even if sometimes handed down in tantalising fragments.
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