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Man With Basic Metal Detector Finds 1,000 Year Old Viking Treasures

15 Octobre 2014 , Rédigé par Jean-David Desforges Publié dans #Quand la science passe après le pillage

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A man in Scotland using a basic metal detector has found a major jackpot: a large lot of objects dating back over 1,000 years and buried by Vikings. Over 100 treasures were discovered in a field in Scotland and experts are calling the find “one of the most significant” group of Viking artifacts ever discovered in Scotland. Retiree Derek McLennan used his metal detector to unearth the objects, which were located in Dumfriesshire, a town in the southwestern region of Scotland.

McLennan is becoming somewhat of an expert in successfully seeking out ancient treasures, it seems. He previously dug up medieval coinage using his metal detector skills. Some of the objects in this find, including a cross and a bracelet, were made out of pure silver and some were composed of gold, including items of ancient jewelry. A silver engraved cup from the ancient Roman era depicting a variety of animals was also found, Yahoo News reports.

McLennan said his “senses exploded” when he spotted a Viking symbol on the back of a silver spoon he first uncovered. Ironically, he says he almost did not go out on the hunt that day because he was not feeling well. However, he dragged himself out of bed and what he found was nothing short of historically spectacular.

The find is so significant, say archaeologists, that it could potentially change the way Scotland views its Viking history. These items could show that Vikings were not just foreign intruders but that they actually settled in the area, burying objects from all different time periods and from a wide variety of countries for safekeeping.

The lot of silver and gold is worth over a million dollars, but Mclennan, of course, will obey the law of the land, which dictates that a reward be given to him and the precious artifacts turned over to the land’s owner which is the Church of Scotland. The two parties have already come to a financial agreement over the treasures. The Scottish government has stated that while the lot has tremendous financial value, the much larger value is the historical significance and the fact that the trove will lend new information to Scotland’s understanding of medieval Viking culture.

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