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As good as new: Thousand-year-old Viking treasure is restored to its magnificent former glory

12 Décembre 2014 , Rédigé par Jean-David Desforges Publié dans #Promotion du système anglais, #Quand la science passe après le pillage

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A Viking collection, found in North Yorkshire, has been restored
Called The Bedale Hoard, it includes a neck collar, two silver arm rings, 29 silver ingots and gold rivets
The project restored the artefacts from brown objects to gold and silver
It took months to restore the collection to its former glory
The Bedale Hoard is set to go on show in the Medieval Gallery of the Yorkshire museum from Saturday 12 December

By Jonathan O'Callaghan for MailOnline

A spectacular hoard of valuables, thought to be the life savings of a rich Viking, have been painstakingly restored to their gleaming former glory.

The incredibly rare lot - which is thought to date back to the late ninth or early 10th century - was discovered in May 2012 by metal detector enthusiasts near Bedale, in North Yorkshire.

The Bedale Hoard includes a gold sword pommel, a silver neck ring, neck collar and silver arm ring, 29 silver ingots, two other silver neck rings and gold rivets.

Conservation work has been carried out over the past few months to restore the artefacts after the collection was bought by the Yorkshire Museum in May this year.

Natalie McCaul, Curator of Archaeology at York Museums Trust, said: 'It is only since the hoard has been conserved that we can see its real beauty and the incredible craftsmanship involved in creating some of the artefacts.

'The Anglo Saxon sword pommel is probably the stand out piece - this is something that has been plundered by the Vikings.

'And the conservation means we can now see the fantastic and delicate gold leaf patterns much more clearly and in some cases for the first time.

'The hoard is really making us think about this part of Yorkshire in the Viking period in a different way.

'It contains objects from across the Viking world including rare and unique pieces such as the huge silver neck ring, which is one of the largest examples of its type ever found.'

The York Archaeological Trust spent the last few months pouring over the intricate details of the metalwork, which is is set to go on show in the Medieval Gallery of the Yorkshire museum from Saturday 12 December.

Tiny cuts have become visible which show the testing of the purity of the silver and samples of wood and textile were also found which give clues to how the hoard was buried.

After an appeal by the Yorkshire Museum, £50,000 ($80,000) was raised to buy the hoard, including grants of £11,000 ($17,000) from The Art Fund and the Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant Fund.

The rest of the funds were raised from other funding bodies and from members of the public.



As good as new: Thousand-year-old Viking treasure is restored to its magnificent former gloryAs good as new: Thousand-year-old Viking treasure is restored to its magnificent former glory
As good as new: Thousand-year-old Viking treasure is restored to its magnificent former gloryAs good as new: Thousand-year-old Viking treasure is restored to its magnificent former glory

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