The contents of which photograph do you consider to be more valuable ? These two images come from the two news stories below. In a material sense, the answer is of course clear cut -the coins have an estimated value in excess of £10 million. However, the iron slag pictured below perhaps tells the historian more.
In May it was announced that over 50,000 Roman coins in Jersey. This article from The Guardian is developed well by this BBC News report. Although less glamourous, this report suggesting that the Highlands were a centre of metal production in Iron Age might actually be more significant to us as historians. This is because it potentially could change our understanding of trade and society in Iron Age Europe. Perhaps the north of Scotland was part of an intergrated and specialised economy.
Worth comes in many forms…