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March 10th 20207:15pm
Roman Silver and Frontier Politics in North Britain
Fraser is principal curator of Iron Age and Roman collections at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. His principal interests are in Roman and Celtic finds at sites in Scotland. Our view of the Roman frontier is shaped by Hadrian’s Wall, but military power alone was not enough to control the northern border. New research has revealed the widespread use of frontier diplomacy and bribery as Rome attempted to hold the area down. Much of this involved silver, both coin and bullion, passing into local hands. The talk will look at some of the treasures of the period and the impact this had on societies in the north.