Viking Treasure Unearthed In Scotland
Viking treasure has been unearthed in an undisclosed location in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It was found by a metal-detecting enthusiast in one of the most significant finds of its kind ever made in Scotland. Over 100 objects, of which some were made of gold, were discovered on land owned by the Church of Scotland.
Derek McLennan, 47, is a committed metal detectorist and he had been searching the area for the last year and had found little of any significance until now. His amazing find is said to be “historically significant”.
Experts described the find as “one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland”.Head of the Treasure Trove Unit, Stuart Campbell, who is overseeing assessment of the hoard, said: “This is a very important and significant find and has required the close cooperation of Historic Scotland with Treasure Trove Unit and National Museums Scotland staff to recover the fascinating items it contains.
“Due to the quantity and variety of the objects, and the importance of the find overall, it will take some time for experts to assess the hoard as a whole so that we can appreciate its true significance. We look forward to learning more.”
There is a good news for the hoards finder Derek in that the hoard falls under the Scots law of treasure trove, and is currently in the care of the Treasure Trove Unit. The law provides for a reward to be made to the finder which is judged equivalent to the market value of the items. Quite a find.