Metal detectorist finds Viking haul
LONDON: A metal detectorist has learned he has hit a £2 million (R35m) jackpot after uncovering Britain’s biggest Viking treasure.
Derek McLennan unearthed the 10th-century collection of rare Viking artefacts in a field in Dumfries and Galloway in the south-west of Scotland in 2014.
The haul of about 100 items included silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring, an enamelled Christian cross and a bird-shaped gold pin.
The bulk of it is silver jewellery, but it also contains textiles and a range of precious metal and jewelled items described as “outstanding and exceptional” by experts.
These included a rare gold ingot, beads, crystals and a decorated silver-gilt cup thought to be of Byzantine origin.