July 21st, 2007

Viking Treasure

Viking Treasure Found in England

One of the biggest Viking treasures ever found has been discovered on an English farm by a father-son team of treasure hunters, the British Museum announced Thursday. 

The trove of coins and jewelry was buried more than 1,000 years ago—a collection of items from Ireland, France, Russia and Scandinavia that testified to the raiders' international reach. "It's a fascinating find, it's the largest find of its type of over 150 years," said Gareth Williams, an expert at the British Museum who examined the items. 

He said it was the largest such find in Britain since the 1840 discovery of the Cuerdale Hoard—a mass of 8,500 silver coins, chains, and amulets.

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