Fragments of a plate buried in Scotland 1,500 years ago They have been used to illustrate the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the elite members of Roman society. Archaeologists were able to create a digital reconstruction of an ornate silver plate through two original pieces that they discovered along with a huge collection of Roman silver objects in East Lothian in 1919.
The decorative silver shards and the 70 cm diameter of the plate indicate that it was a piece of china "for senators and the Roman elite”, The researchers explained.
A team of experts used a scanning laser to recreate the plate exactly and in full size through the preserved fragments. It is also believed that it is one of the best known main dishes in the entire territory of the Roman Empire as well as being a "object for the highest representatives of society”.
Reconstruction it has been carried out thanks to the partnership of the Glenmorangie Research Project with the National Museums of Scotland. Alice blackweel, director of the project, has indicated that “the silver fragments are very decorative, and combined with the size of the plate it is certainly an object intended for senators or the Roman elite”.
“We are delighted that the digital reconstruction has provided us with a unique insight into the contents of this treasure. Now, thanks to the support of Glenmorangie, we can draw on our knowledge of the ancient history of Scotland, the murky Roman transition and the importance of the durability of silver in Scotland's past.”.
During the Traprain Act, silver items were cut and folded into bundles to melt into new objects or to exchange, but it is unlikely that the contents of this bundle were ever used in Scotland as experts believe that the fragments were cut before their arrival.
The fragments are believed to have been buried during the 5th century AD., at a time when roman silver it was an indicator of status and wealth.
Hamish Torrie, spokesman for the Glenmorangie company, declared his satisfaction at the new discovery of the National Museums of Scotland, which have already contributed other findings during their association.
Images:National Museum of Scotland.
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