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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

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Viking coin haul is officially treasure

A VIKING hoard found in Furness has been officially declared treasure.

The collection of 92 silver coins and artefacts was discovered by a metal detectorist in the Furness area over the Easter weekend.

The hoard was officially declared as treasure by South and East Cumbria Coroner, Ian Smith, yesterday(31).

The hoard was provisionally valued at tens of thousands of pounds when it was first found and is the largest amount of Viking treasure ever found in Furness.

A valuation by the British Museum will now take place, then a museum will be able to take ownership.

Sabine Skae, curator at the Dock Museum is keen for the hoard to return to Furness once the valuation has been made.

Ms Skae said: “The British Museum have said they want the hoard to come to Barrow.

“Once we know the valuation then we can move forward.

“I’m really excited about getting this treasure into the Dock Museum.

“It’s a really good sized hoard and puts Furness on the map for archeology.

“It also puts us at the front of the queue for having the artefacts back in Barrow.”

To be classed as treasure, a find needs to be more than one item, over 300 years old and at least 10 per cent gold, silver or precious stone.

At over 1,000 years old, a hoard of 92 items and all around 91 to 95 per cent silver, the Furness hoard is treasure.

Once the value is known, the museums must find the money and put in a bid.

Usually, the finder and landowner split the value 50/50, but not in all cases.

It is thought the silver was put into the ground around 955 AD when the Viking invaders had established footholds in the north of England.

Ms Skae added: “The British Museum have been exceptional. It can take a few years to get through the process, as they have a lot of finds, but this has been a priority for them.

“I think they are aware of the importance of the find and have been very helpful.

“I’m really pleased that we are at this stage so quickly.

“We have had great co-operation from all parties.

“I know local people are really interested in seeing the find and I want to get them on display as soon as possible.”

Have your say

They're hardly going to be telling people that, if there's anything else there, they'll want an archaeologist to excavate the area for any other useful information they can glean, and if not excavate, survey etc...failing that stop people going and finding souvenirs!

Posted by Amy on 2 September 2011 at 06:34

I am curious to know where the hoard was found that is if it can be revealed

Posted by Julie Hughes on 1 September 2011 at 15:54

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