Amateur Prospectors Find Rare Viking Treasure in UK

By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2007 7:13 AM CDT
This undated photo made available by the British Museum Thursday July 19, 2007 shows a gilt silver vessel containing gold coins dating back to the Vikings, at the British Museum in London. One of the...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A pot filled with mostly silver coins, buried for 1,000 years, was found recently by a father and son wielding a metal detector on a farm in Yorkshire, England.  Archeologosists theorize that the find by Dave and Andrew Whelan was booty from a Viking raid on a monastery. The hoard of coins is from England, Ireland, France, Russia and the Arabic-speaking world.

In England treasure of this historic value must be turned over to the authorities.  But the finders are paid; the value of this  trove is expected to be around $1.5 million. This is the largest find of Viking treasure in England since 1840.