A medieval pendant for a horse found in Kirriemuir and a 700-year-old silver brooch found in Kirkcaldy are among the most important historical finds in Scotland last year.
Treasure Trove, which ensures that significant objects from the past are preserved in Scottish museums, presented its annual report to the Scottish Parliament.
It shows there were 20 significant finds in Angus, 16 in Perth, 13 in Fife, eight in Stirling and two in Dundee in the last financial year.
The medieval harness pendant was found by metal detector in Kirriemuir. It has since been allocated to Angus museums and is now on display in Montrose.
The annual report, prepared by the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer, explains the importance of the find. It states: “Harness pendants were suspended from the bridles of horses, partly as decoration but also to demonstrate the status and importance of the rider.
“Pendants often showed the heraldic arms which the rider was entitled to bear.”
The medieval silver brooch found in Kirkcaldy is in the shape of a heart and has the Latin inscription Ihesus Nazarenus, which translates as Jesus of Nazareth.
A total of 256 finders reported objects to the Treasure Trove unit last year and 973 objects found by members of the public were allocated to museums.
People who find objects are given an ex gratia award to recognise their contribution.
The total paid for the objects was £36,500.