Viking gold worth £2 million found in the UK

Viking gold worth £2 million found in the UK

16.05.2017

Great Britain. An Scottish treasure hunter has found the richest collection of rare Viking artefacts... and he is about to get £2 million.

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A lucky metal detector enthusiast

Derek McLennan, a Scottish treasure hunter and metal detector enthusiast, has made the discovery of a lifetime. He has found the richest collection of rare Viking artefacts ever found in the UK and is about to receive a reward of almost £2 million.

What does the hoard contain?

According to the Daily Record newspaper, the Viking hoard dating from the 10th century “includes silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring, an enameled Christian cross, a bird-shaped gold pin, a rare gold ingot, beads, crystals and a decorated silver-gilt cup thought to be of Byzantine origin. It also contains textiles among this outstanding range of exceptional precious metal and jeweled items.”

Its monetary and historical value

The Scottish Archaeological Finds and Allocations Panel (SAFAP) claims that the discovery could bring new data about previously unknown connections between the people across Europe in the 10th century.

Evelyn Silber, chair at SAFAP, described the treasure “as of international significance and one of the most important finds ever discovered in Scotland.” The pieces “will now be preserved and put on display for the people of Scotland, and the world, to enjoy.”

As for Mr. McLennan, he will be paid £2 million when the items are taken to the Scotland National Museum.

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