St Ninian’S Isle

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During the excavation of the small 12th-century chapel on St Ninian’s Isle in the Shetlands in 1958 the finest hoard of Pictish metalwork ever found in Britain came to light. The hoard seems to have been deposited at the end of the 8th century (possibly in response to Norse raids), and included such objects as silver bowls, hanging bowls, spoons, sword chapes and pen nanular brooches. The treasure provides strong evidence that the tradition of Pictish metalworking continued into the Early Christian era.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied