A hoard of Viking artifacts dating back over 1,000 years is discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland. Elly Park reports.
Derek McLennan, a retired businessman, struck gold when he found this hoard of Viking artifacts in Dumfriesshire, southwest Scotland. Believed to be over 1,000 years old, the find includes silver and gold objects worth a six-figure sum according to the BBC. But the trove's true value lies in its historic importance says Stuart Campbell of the National Museum of Scotland. SOUNDBITE: Head of Treasure Trove Unit at National Museum Of Scotland, Stuart Campbell, saying (English) "This is a find of international significance, mainly from the range of places that the material in the hoard is from. We have jewelry from Ireland, jewelry from Scandinavia, glass beads from central Europe and of course that rather fantastic Carolingian vessel that has still to be excavated fully." The Vikings, of Scandinavian origin, made successive raids on Britain from the 8th to the 11th centuries, burying their valuables for safe-keeping, which have gradually been discovered by generations of treasure seekers. A 10th-century Viking hoard was found in 2007 in northern England, while in 1840 over 8,600 items were found in northwest England.