Coleraine Town Hall, 15th November 2016
Dr Peter Crawford (UCL/QUB)
“The Coleraine Hoard and Romano-Irish Relations in Late Antiquity”
The event was free, open to the public and attended by a large, well-informed and enthusiastic crowd.
The rear of the hall was set up as a small museum with items of local interest while at the Coleraine Historical Society table copies of their booklets and pamphlets, including The Bann Disc, were offered for sale.
With all the equipment set up and all seats taken, a warm welcome was extended to Peter
Peter’s speech was lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs of relevant archaeological finds and evidence of the local material culture.
Taking questions from the audience, Peter explained that he had recently viewed silver pieces of the Coleraine Hoard currently held in the British Museum. These Late Empire artefacts are incongruously curated in a gallery alongside the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo Treasure.
Peter explained that the original research for his talk was in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Raoul McLaughlin. They had delivered this as a joint address for the inaugural meeting of CANI on 18th June, 2015 in The Senate Room, Queens University Belfast. A gallery of this previous illustrated talk entitled, ‘The Coleraine Hoard: Raid, Trade or Paid?’ can be found HERE on our website, including a review of the event HERE.
And afterwards, the Coleraine Historical Society provided members and guests with refreshments as a backdrop to further discussion of the evening’s subject
We have more photographs of the evening’s event available in our Gallery