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. (Read more archeology stories.)