Glittering finds go public

A glittering exhibition of recent archaeological finds from across Dumfries and Galloway will open at Dumfries Museum on Saturday, March 9 .

The variety of artefacts in the exhibition includes prehistoric stone axe heads, a magnificent Bronze Age sword, a chance find by a farmer in a field near Lockerbie 50 years ago and only recently come to light, a variety of fittings from Iron Age horse harness and a medieval dog leash.

From a tiny ring with alternating gold and silver bands found near Durisdeer to large Bronze Age battle axe from the chambered tomb at Cairnderry in Wigtownshire, the exhibition celebrates the many archaeological discoveries that have found their way into our local museums through the law of Treasure Trove over the past decade.

For museums all across the country Treasure Trove is a valuable tool for preserving and securing the evidence of our past for the future.

All are welcome to come along to the exhibition preview at 7pm on Friday, March 8, when Stuart Campbell, manager of the Scottish Treasure Trove Unit will, talk about the most (and least) exciting finds of recent years. Between 10am and 4pm on Saturday, staff from the Treasure Trove Unit and Dumfries and Galloway Council will be on hand to help you identify finds from the local area. And at 7pm on Thursday, March 21, Magnus Kirby of CFA Archaeology will talk about 6000 years of archaeology buried under Lockerbie Academy.

Throughout the Easter holidays, Friday, March 29-Sunday, April 14, families visiting Dumfries Museum can have fun with a range of free hands-on activities, treasure hunts, quizzes and trails relating to the Fabulous Finds exhibition. Drop in 10am-noon and 2-4pm, no booking required.

The Fabulous Finds exhibition runs from Saturday until June 2 and the Museum is open 10am-1pm, 2-5pm Tuesday to Saturday and admission is free (from March 29 the museum is open 10am-5pm on Mondays).