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New Cooperation: AHRC awards major grant to National Museums Scotland to expand on the ambitious Glenmorangie Research Project – ZBSA acts as co-investigator

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The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded National Museums Scotland funding to investigate the vital role silver played in Early Medieval Europe (AD 300–900). The AHRC is a public body which funds world-leading research on the arts and humanities at UK universities and research organisations.

The grant will facilitate the creation of an international network of scholars who will examine how different strategies towards silver shaped the development of early medieval kingdoms in Europe. This will complement the existing Glenmorangie Research Project’s work on the importance of silver within Early Medieval Scotland, which the AHRC has credited as being of the ‘highest level’.

In addition, the funding will support two expert symposia in the UK and Germany, and the publication of an academic book of the resulting research. There will also be an opportunity to come to a public day conference at the National Museum of Scotland in 2017 to hear about the network’s findings.

Alice Blackwell, Glenmorangie Research Fellow, National Museums Scotland, said:  “Thanks to this AHRC award and the long-term support of The Glenmorangie Company we have a fantastic opportunity to forge new connections with academics and museum professionals across Europe and to situate our research on the significance of silver in the development of Early Medieval Scotland in its international context. We are very excited to be collaborating with the network’s co-investigator Dr Andreas Rau, from the Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology at the Stiftung Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesmuseen in Germany.The network will enable us for the first time to compare strategies towards the supply, circulation and use of silver following the collapse of the Roman Empire and to explore the role of this precious metal in the emergence of the Early Medieval kingdoms of Europe.”


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