Skip to comments.The find of a lifetime: Treasure hunter digs up 200-piece haul of Viking jewellery and coins
Posted on 10/28/2011 9:00:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Treasure trove: Darren Webster uncovered a 1,000-year-old casket containing 200 pieces of silver jewellery, coins, hacksilver and ingots while using his metal detector in Cumbria... Brian Randall, chairman of the Lune Valley Metal Detecting Club, said: 'We are all thrilled for Darren and wish it was us. 'No one goes out looking for hoards but it's very nice if you do find one.'
...Oxford University anthropology lecturer, Stephen Oppenheimer, said big hoards such as this paint a new picture of what Vikings were doing in England...
Local archaeologist Steve Dickinson, of Ulverston, said the hoard was 'extremely important nationally'.
He said: 'Any hoard is always rare and therefore of national importance but because of its size and detail this is particularly exciting.'
...A spokesperson for Carlisle's Tullie House Museum, where the hoard was originally taken, compared Mr Webster's find to that of the Cuerdale Hoard found on the southern bank of a bend of the River Ribble in 1840, the largest Viking silver hoard in north-western Europe.
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What a thrill to find such treasure!
UFFDA...my whacky VIKINGS
Been meaning to get me one of them metal detectors.
Thanks for this thread. What is the art work on the coins?
Probably looted from my Welsh ancestors. I want it back.
I hereby claim said horde in the name of my Viking Kitty ancestors!
TOL will be sending the Chimera along to collect it shortly I’m sure...
It stayed in the ground a few hundred years. another day ain’t gonna hurt ;)
a lot of notable hordes in englaland in the last couple of years. The anglo-saxon booty hoard was just stunning.
It seems like a lot of treasure has been found recently in Great Britan....
Vikings - great fighters.....poor money managers. Probably could’ve conquered the world if they’d only opened The First Bank of Lars.
Probably from the eastern Med, so, Byzantine or Arabic.
Beautiful workmanship. Whoever left this in the ground must have been slaughtered - along with all his or her family. Their bones are gone ... but this remains, to be found a millennia later.
They were largely haard money men.
It could have been buried for temporary hiding; it could have been booty taken during some days-long skimirshing; maybe it’s grave goods; it could even have been in a dwelling which was torched, and the ashpile never got inspected for loot.
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