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Viking gold discovered by amateur with metal detector in Co Down
belfast Telegraph ^ | 27 June 2013

Posted on 06/27/2013 8:28:41 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

Viking gold ingot which was found at Brickland, Co. Down and dates to the later ninth/tenth century. Sean Barden/Armagh County Museum

A rare piece of Viking gold dating back more than a thousand years was discovered by an amateur with a metal detector in Northern Ireland, it was revealed.

Tom Crawford was pursuing his hobby in farmland in Co Down last year when he found the small but precious ingot, which may have been used as currency during the 9th and 10th centuries. It is one of only a few nuggets known from Ireland, experts said.

Mr Crawford also uncovered a tiny silver ring brooch with unusual floral imprints, probably used for decoration by a man or woman during the Medieval period, a short distance away.

"It is all part of the big jigsaw of the history of this country," he told a Belfast inquest convened to establish if the find was treasure.

He added later: "Every little bit that is found is part of the jigsaw and when I think that I have uncovered a few fields in this country, there are hundreds of thousands of fields throughout Northern Ireland that no metal detector has ever been in so what is lying out there could be all sorts of things.

"You would need hundreds of metal detectors to go over the fields but a lot of stuff could still be lying there."

The sliver of metal, 86% gold but less than three centimetres long, was found at Brickland in Co Down, a short distance from Loughbrickland which appeared to be the centre of an early Medieval kingdom, National Museums Northern Ireland said. Written records say the Vikings plundered Loughbrickland in 833 AD.

An expert told the inquest the gold may be a direct result of contact between locals and the Scandinavians and noted the nearby regions of Strangford and Carlingford loughs were areas of intense and enduring Viking activity.

Mr Crawford said he had found some six pence coins before during 15 years of pursuing his hobby but most of the time he recovered bottle tops and bits of junk. When he uncovered the ingot he initially thought it was a piece of metal from soldering.

"I found a scrap piece of metal, I later found out it was a gold piece," he explained.

He added: "When you do find something it gives you a bit of enthusiasm to go on and look for more."

He told coroner Suzanne Anderson how he had hunted for metal as a part-time hobby after retiring.

"It is exciting when you find something that you think could be old, there is always a lot of history behind the things, especially if you find a coin and see the figure and you can identify what year it is," he said.

Dr Greer Ramsey, curator at Armagh County Museum, said the gold and silver objects were reported to the institution shortly after their discovery in February last year.

He said ingots during the Viking period were used as currency measured by weight and often cut into smaller amounts.

"Gold is extremely rare in the Viking period, there are vast quantities of silver....there are very, very few parallels to the ingot," he added.

Similar finds had been made in Norwich and Lincolnshire in England and in the Hebrides in Scotland as well as from a crannog (island) in Co Meath in the Republic.

"It would be my opinion that it does constitute treasure," he said.

The delicate brooch is 14 millimetres in diameter, was found at Legananny, Co Down, and dates from the Late Medieval period (13th-14th century). There are around 140 examples found in Ireland linked to the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in the 12th century. Similar finds have been made in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, and Norfolk in England. The metal at Legananny was 95% silver, Dr Ramsey added.

The coroner ruled that the brooch and ingot constituted treasure.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: brickland; carlingford; denmark; fartyshadesofgreen; finland; godsgravesglyphs; gold; ireland; loughbrickland; metaldetecting; norway; strangford; sweden; thevikings

1 posted on 06/27/2013 8:28:41 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

"Yup. It's treasure."

2 posted on 06/27/2013 8:33:43 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: DeaconBenjamin; jiggyboy; PA Engineer; blam; TigerLikesRooster; Cheap_Hessian; CJinVA; ...

Goldbug ping.


3 posted on 06/27/2013 8:34:41 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

What a dumb ass. When you stumble on something like this you STFU and dig all night. LOL! At least that’s what somebody told me.


4 posted on 06/27/2013 8:39:02 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: rktman

Agreed.


5 posted on 06/27/2013 8:41:57 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: rktman
What a dumb ass. When you stumble on something like this you STFU and dig all night. LOL! At least that’s what somebody told me.

Good advice.
6 posted on 06/27/2013 8:54:49 PM PDT by PA Engineer (Liberate America from the Occupation Media.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

From Bantry Bay up to Derry Quay
And from Galway to Dublin town
No maid I’ve seen like the sweet colleen
That I met in the County Down.


7 posted on 06/27/2013 9:32:30 PM PDT by Oratam
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping?


8 posted on 06/27/2013 9:47:41 PM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. This is not the post you are looking for ....move along now....)
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Gold never tarnishes and sparkles after 1000 years. GREAT stuff.
God is REALLY amazing, isn't He?
9 posted on 06/27/2013 10:07:37 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Another nice md find that was recently declared treasure.

Isle of Man Viking silver declared 'treasure trove'

10 posted on 06/27/2013 10:35:21 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: DeaconBenjamin
A rare piece of Viking gold dating back more than a thousand years was discovered by an amateur with a metal detector in Northern Ireland, ...It is one of only a few nuggets known from Ireland, experts said.

I am sort of not getting how it can be viking gold, and yet - from Ireland. Do they mean the Vikings owned it, but it was produced in Ireland?

However, it is a great find - beautiful and pure, incorruptible gold, untouched by time.

Gold had a strong presence in Irish culture and mythology, and to be a goldsmith was a very honoured profession.

11 posted on 06/28/2013 4:05:23 AM PDT by BlackVeil
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To: PA Engineer
Yep good advice, especially in socialist countries like England, Scotland, and Ireland which will have the tax man on your like Obama on a free trip.

I also think they may also have have antiquity laws which require surrender of things found like this. Anyone here an expert on these matters?

12 posted on 06/28/2013 4:17:49 AM PDT by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: moose07; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks moose07. Looks like a slice of potato.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


13 posted on 06/30/2013 6:34:05 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin; 1234; A knight without armor; afraidfortherepublic; AIM-54; Allan; ...

Ping to the Ancient Swedish Ping List.

14 posted on 06/30/2013 9:05:53 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Now this is what I consider a treasure trove -- 18 ct. gold, made by Tiffany in 1905, at the Milwaukee Art Museum


15 posted on 06/30/2013 9:17:38 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Oratam

My first thought as well.


16 posted on 06/30/2013 11:17:38 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: rktman

I heard a story about a guy in the foothills of the Sierras who was using a backhoe to dig out a foundation for his new house.

Found 3 ozs of gold nuggets!

Dug up the whole 5 acres more and didn’t find a single gram more!

Sometimes, the gods smile on you.
Most of the time, it’s just a tease...


17 posted on 06/30/2013 12:57:30 PM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: djf

Sierras? Hell, that’s where I am. Guess I know what I’m doing the rest of the afternoon now. LOL! Of course it’s a little warm so I may wait until after the sun goes down some.


18 posted on 06/30/2013 1:07:18 PM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Dangit! Is nothing safe anymore?

You bury something once, and you expect it to *stay* buried.....I mean, I know nothing about this.


19 posted on 06/30/2013 6:27:24 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I thought the headline was referring to a “Colorado Town”, with a little typo in the title.....

haha....


20 posted on 07/01/2013 10:29:47 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

Not exactly an update to his July topic, merely a similar find, don’t feel like posting a separate thread:

‘Bull ring’ was silver Viking ring treasure
9 September 2013 Last updated at 09:10 ET
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-24013530


21 posted on 09/15/2013 7:08:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: BlackVeil
"I am sort of not getting how it can be viking gold, and yet - from Ireland. Do they mean the Vikings owned it, but it was produced in Ireland?"

Viking raids in Ireland began in the late 8th century AD and they began major colonization by the mid 9th century AD.

22 posted on 09/15/2013 9:11:38 AM PDT by Godebert
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Goldfinger!


23 posted on 09/15/2013 10:05:32 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BlackVeil

THe Vikings trampled all over Ireland, leaving their maark and their genetics on the Emerald Isle. Even today, I’ve heard Irish guides mutter, “Cursed Vikings!” when a bad driver tries to run their tour buss off the road.


24 posted on 09/15/2013 10:07:48 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SunkenCiv

Ah, a silver arm ring. I wondered what they looked like.


25 posted on 09/15/2013 10:36:51 AM PDT by DeaconBenjamin (A trillion here, a trillion there, soon you're NOT talking real money)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

I love stories like this.


26 posted on 09/15/2013 11:46:58 AM PDT by rdl6989
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To: ClearCase_guy

LOL!


27 posted on 09/15/2013 11:47:08 AM PDT by rdl6989
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