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.
Antiquity journal, Vol. 87