Sunday, July 31, 2016

The Silverdale Viking silver hoard

In late 2011 Darren Webster, from Carnforth, Lancashire, uncovered more than 200 silver pieces including ornate bracelets, coins and ingots in a lead pot. The silver is now at the British Museum, where experts describe the find as "of national significance".

Viking hoards are extremely rare. The hoard contained coins bearing the name of a previously-unknown Viking ruler of northern England.

The hoard included 10 complete arm rings, two finger rings, six brooch fragments, a fine wire braid and 141 fragments of chopped-up arm rings and ingots, known as hacksilver.

It is believed to date to around AD 900, a time of intense conflict between the Anglo-Saxons and the Danish settlers of northern England. The hoard was declared a treasure and valued at £110,000.