Skip to comments.Crofter finds a 'Viking' anchor on the Isle of Skye
Posted on 12/07/2009 7:08:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv
A crofter... Graeme Mackenzie, 47, made the find after hiring an excavator to open the drain on rough pastureland 50yds (48m) from his home near Sleat. Rain had partly washed away the bottom of the drain and exposed a corroded 4in (10cm) iron spike. Mr Mackenzie levered it out and was "stunned" as the ancient anchor gradually emerged. The Treasure Trove Unit at the National Museums of Scotland said the anchor will probably be claimed by the Crown. Measuring 4ft high and a similar distance from tip to tip, the artefact is undergoing dating and metallurgical testing. Preliminary results showed it is at least of medieval, possibly Viking, origin and could be about 1,000 years old. If proved to be Viking, the find would be further evidence that many Norse raiders never returned to their native land, choosing instead to settle on Skye and many other places along Scotland's northwestern seaboard.
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How can the crown claim this item?
For some .. The Skye’s the limit.
There's no question about that, the DNA proves it.
Simple answer? Because it's the Crown.
The complicated answer is that the Crown claims the item, and pays compensation to the finder and landowner (I'm not up on the current state of UK law).
Well (not trying to be a smartass about it), if someone else can claim title to the anchor, then it’s up to a court to decide if the title and claim are valid.
That anchor is mine!
Scotland is part of the United Kingdom.
Was it in 1009?
Was it found in 1009?
I understood it to mean he found something of value and he’ll have it taken from him.
Because the Crown has the guns.
a) what’s a crofter?
b) how does the anchor prove vikings settled in Skye vs some viking lost his anchor?
All the discussion about the Crown aside, I would like to point out that by many people’s reckoning, the Isle of Skye is the most beautiful spot in Scotland. It’s certainly one of my favorite spots and I would tend to agree with the assessment- although I have a soft spot for Wester Ross (area just south of Ullapool) as well.
If you ever visit Scotland, don’t just go to Edinburgh and Ft William. Definitely, definitely drive over to Skye and check it out. Stay a night or two. Drive all the way round the island. It’s worth it.
The walk to Loch Corruisk is worth is as well (as long as you’re there)
I was thinking early 11th century.
According to wikipedia, “The Kingdom of Scotland was an independent sovereign state before 1 May 1707 when it entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain.”
For some reason I thought it was earlier than that but guess not.
13th century so the anchor predates both those events and the creation of the UK. Pretty cool.
I’m adding this to my bookmarks!
The descendants of Summerled MacSorley have had their DNA tested. It shows a clear line from the Norse.
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> I understood it to mean he found something of value and hell have it taken from him.
The mere act of “finding” something does not automatically make it yours.
If you were to “find” my wallet in the street, and you were to decide to keep it instead of trying to return it to me, you could be had up on charges of “Theft by Finding”.
Similar concept here: the anchor does not necessarily belong to the “finder” thereof.
Does Skye have a distillery?
The crowns were united when Elizabeth died without an heir and the Scottish King James VI became King James I of England. The countries were technically separate, however, until the Acts of Union of 1707, after which the "Union Jack" became the flag of the United Kingdom.
They found a Viking burial plot in my front pasture on the Isle of Man. I didn’t think there ever any question the Vikings stayed.
And definitely make your way up to Oban and taste the Scottish whiskey. Try some of the Islay malts, too. mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm! I loooove those smoky malts. Hubby prefers the Highland or Lowland single malts, but I love the Islays.
Ah, then it must ‘belong’ to the viking who lost it? Certainly it doesn’t belong to the government.
I wondered that, myself. Very weak reasoning behind that statement, irrespective of the real facts.
One of the best - Talisker.
Not my thing, but I would like to visit Scotland, yet.
Wow, thanks! Interesting!
Uh-boy... I wonder if they’ve got what it’s going to take, the NFL has a bigger than usual divergence in team quality this year.
Hey, don’t make me dig that stone out of your house foundation and build it into a chair. ;’)
> Ah, then it must belong to the viking who lost it? Certainly it doesnt belong to the government.
No, it doesn’t belong to “the government”. It belongs to “The Crown”, which is something entirely different.
The closest thing you Yanks have to “The Crown” is “We the People...”
(The Crown is not the Queen)
Well, there are plenty of other reasons to go to Scotland. Ullapool is a lovely place, and we did get a really, really nice hotel room in Oban. The tourist traps are interesting as well, and the scenery and weather (and we went in November) make it God’s country for sure.
We started at Hadrian’s wall in the east and went north along the coast and around past John O’Groats and Dunnet’s Head, then back to the wall in the west. It took us two weeks, and we went to our favorite distilleries and hiked every trail we could find. It was great.
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