Man who found ‘richest’ Viking hoard in the UK to get £2m award

Started by gash, May 13, 2017, 11:12:59 am

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A metal detectorist who discovered the "richest collection" of rare Viking artefacts ever found in the UK is set to receive a reward of almost £2m.

Derek McLennan uncovered the 10th-century hoard, which includes silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring, an enamelled Christian cross and a bird-shaped gold pin, in a Dumfries and Galloway field in 2014.

He passed it on to experts and now the body that rules on ownerless goods and property, the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR), has ruled the 100-odd items should be allocated to National Museums Scotland (NMS) for display, provided it pays £1.98m to McLennan.

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