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Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland

October 13, 2014 | Comment icon 19 comments

The Vikings were no strangers to the British Isles. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Ardfern
A huge haul of valuable Viking artefacts has been discovered in a field by a man with a metal detector.
Enthusiast Derek McLennan had been exploring fields in Dumfries when his machine indicated that it had picked something up. As he dug down to see what it was he was amazed to discover that he'd uncovered an extensive treasure trove of Viking-era ingots, crosses and jewelery that dated back more one thousand years.

Archaeologists have celebrated the find as one of the most significant Viking hoards ever found in Scotland.
"It was tremendously exciting, especially when we noticed the silver cross lying face-downwards," said Rev David Bartholomew who had also been present at the time of the discovery.

Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop praised the find and emphasized its historical significance.

"It’s clear these artefacts are of great value in themselves, but their greatest value will be in what they can contribute to our understanding of life in early medieval Scotland, and what they tell us about the interaction between the different peoples in these islands at that time," she said.

Source: Scotsman | Comments (19)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by Jyre Cayce 8 years ago
The lucky guy, great job.
Comment icon #11 Posted by TheSpoonyOne 8 years ago
Weird, I just happened to be reading about the Staffordshire horde today... These coincidences seem to happen to me way too often, I'll be wishing an obscure film appear on television and low and behold it will the same day, okay so that's not quite a coincidence as it could be, but the weirdest one so far that I've encountered was me going on Google Maps one day, out of boredom/interest I suppose, and looking for the most remote place I could see on the globe to try and do a street view, I ended up on somewhere unknown to me called Wrangel Island, that afternoon I'm watching a game show or so... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by theotherguy 8 years ago
Between the Vikings, the Romans, the Angles, the Saxons, the Celts, and pretty much every other European culture, there has got to be tons--literally tons--of valuables buried around the British Isles. If I was any sort of collector, that's where I would start.
Comment icon #13 Posted by tipotep 8 years ago
Arch Stanton? LOL it was the grave marked unknown next to it " Unk , Unk , Unk ... it has no name on it "
Comment icon #14 Posted by Hammerclaw 8 years ago
That gold pin in the article... By the shape of it's beak it's a flamingo.Where the heck did a Norse craftsman see a flamingo? There are two species native to the old world, one to southern Iberia.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 8 years ago
Arch Stanton? I got that reference. Thanks.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Aisling 8 years ago
And this is exactly why I want to go to the British Isles lol.
Comment icon #17 Posted by seeder 5 years ago
Comment icon #18 Posted by Gingitsune 5 years ago
About anywhere around the Mediterranean Sea + Portugal.   I had the same though.     
Comment icon #19 Posted by coolguy 5 years ago
Awesome its like hiting the lotto

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