Timeless Treasure Kernos

Archaeological artefacts on display in Peterhead

An exhibition of archaeology from Aberdeenshire and beyond opens at Peterhead’s Arbuthnot Museum next month.

Several significant pieces will be displayed for the first time, including items unearthed on Aberdeenshire farms.

Timeless Treasures also reveals archaeology from across the ancient world including Greece, Rome and Egypt.

The objects on display are from the collections of Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Museums Service.

They include a Late Neolithic jet and Baltic amber bead necklace and a Bronze Age armlet; a medieval musical pipe discovered at Drum Castle and thought to lure animals; a medieval whale bone net spreader from Castle Hill, Banff; and a 4,000-year-old Greek kernos used to hold offerings to the Gods.

Many have been donated by local people such as Adam Arbuthnot, the 19th-century Peterhead merchant after whom the museum is named, who bequeathed Egyptian mummy wheat from a tomb at Thebes.

Chair of the Live Life Aberdeenshire Sport and Culture Sub-committee, David Cook, said: “Archaeology helps us to learn more about past societies, cultures and the development of the human race. Aberdeenshire has a rich archaeological heritage, and this educational exhibition offers a glimpse of life for people living here hundreds and thousands of years ago.”

Sub-Committee vice chair, Councillor Anne Simpson, said: “It is fascinating to see items indigenous to the north east on show including iconic carved stone balls, in contrast to objects from Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt. I hope everyone will get a chance to come along and enjoy this exhibition.”

Fiona Clark, Live Life Aberdeenshire’s Museums Development Co-ordinator, said: “The exhibits on display connect us to people who lived hundreds and thousands of years ago.

“They worked stone, bone, glass, ceramic and metal to create items for everyday use such as food vessels, fishing net spreaders, clothes fasteners, oil lamps, keys and tools; swords for warfare; coins for commercial exchange; and luxurious items like musical instruments and jewellery.”

The free display at the Arbuthnot Museum, St Peter Street, Peterhead runs from Saturday, September 7 until Saturday, January 11, 2020.

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