1000-year old Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland

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A hoard of Viking gold and silver artifacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant.

http://news.yahoo.com/1000-old-viking-treasure-hoard-found-scotland-111420299.html

I would love to be the person to find such a hoard. Lucky man.
 

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What a trill! Besides the money value, just bringing back history that has long been lost must feel amazing.
 
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Not only that, this is the SECOND time he's hit paydirt. He and another guy (his brother I think but I may remember incorrectly) some time back found I think it was 500 gold coins that were a viking hoard

EDIT: OOPS ... it occurred to me this might have been mentioned in the link so I checked and it was. It wasn't viking coins, just similar age and it wasn't his brother.
 
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http://news.yahoo.com/1000-old-viking-treasure-hoard-found-scotland-111420299.html

I would love to be the person to find such a hoard. Lucky man.
Nice!

Here is an article with more pics - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-29582866
The pot is described as "possibly the largest silver Carolingian pot ever discovered, with its lid still in place." Wow. There is also an image of the cross.

. . .
then I turned it over and wiped my thumb across it and I saw the Saltire-type of design and knew instantly it was Viking.

"Then my senses exploded, I went into shock, endorphins flooded my system and away I went stumbling towards my colleagues waving it in the air."

I've been reading some the Celtic and Pictish history, and certainly the Vikings were there in the 8th century. Apparently there is some controversy over the initial interactions between the Vikings and the inhabitants of Caledonia.
 
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I would love to have him allow me to go on hunts with him.. I'd scrub pots, do the laundry and scoop out the cat box.
 
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I saw an article about this the other day. It never ceases to amaze me how much hidden treasure there still is out there. You'd think every square inch of the British Iles would have been dug up several times over by now since a thousand years ago, but apparently not.
 
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I saw an article about this the other day. It never ceases to amaze me how much hidden treasure there still is out there. You'd think every square inch of the British Iles would have been dug up several times over by now since a thousand years ago, but apparently not.

Yes. King John's crown jewels are still missing.

It was recorded by contemporary chroniclers that King John's crown jewels and other valuable crown possessions were lost in marshland when the horse-drawn baggage train of his army attempted to cross without a guide the causeway and ford across the mouth of the Wellstream on 12 October 1216 in passing from Bishop's Lynn (now King's Lynn) via Wisbech en route to Sleaford. (ref)
It's only 250 miles away.

ps. I'm not really a history buff, nor a treasure hunter. I just learned this a couple of weeks ago looking for Jonathan Scott's landmark.
 
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I saw an article about this the other day. It never ceases to amaze me how much hidden treasure there still is out there. You'd think every square inch of the British Iles would have been dug up several times over by now since a thousand years ago, but apparently not.

I am still digging zoobyshoe, finds are scares but odd coin still comes up, i am still waiting for my first hoard.
 
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I am still digging zoobyshoe, finds are scares but odd coin still comes up, i am still waiting for my first hoard.
Best of luck! I hope you find something interesting.
 
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The purity of this is interesting.
http://www.ancient-origins.net/news...us-viking-sword-made-technology-future-001944
 

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