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A multidisciplinary analysis of an antiquarian discovery: the Knaresborough 1864 Hoard of Late Roman vessels

Lookup NU author(s): Professor James GerrardORCiD, Dr Marco Romeo Pitone, Sally Gerrard



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The 1864 Knaresborough Hoard of late Roman vessels and other objectswas probably the largest hoard of Roman copper-alloy vessels and ironobjects ever discovered in Britain. The surviving objects are currentlyheld in the collections of Yorkshire Museum. This study presents the firstcomprehensive academic consideration of circumstances of the hoard'sdiscovery (including a probable findspot); a detailed typologicaldiscussion, supported by portable x-ray florescence analysis of theobjects and places the hoard, for the first time, in its rightful placeamong Romano-British non-precious metal hoards. It demonstrates thevalue of collaborations between museums and researchers and the valuethat can be gained by multi-disciplinary methodologies to antiquariandiscoveries.

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Author(s): Gerrard J, DeMaso J, Romeo Pitone M, Gerrard S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Antiquaries Journal

Year: 2023

Volume: 103

Pages: 1-35

Print publication date: 01/10/2023

Online publication date: 04/08/2023

Acceptance date: 17/06/2022

Date deposited: 10/12/2021

ISSN (print): 0003-5815

ISSN (electronic): 1758-5309

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0003581523000197

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/f1yj-6x54


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