02 December 2014

A Peek Inside a Viking Piggybank

Here's some more good stuff on the huge medieval Viking treasure trove discovered near Dumphries, Scotland. (Ed.)

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Derek McLennan found more than 100 objects in Dumfries in September
In addition to the pot, hoard includes jewellery, arm bands and silver ingots
The pot was investigated using a CT scanner at Borders General Hospital
It revealed silver broaches, gold ingots and ivory beads 
Location of the find isn't being revealed until excavations have taken place

PUBLISHED: 10:50 EST, 13 November 2014 UPDATED: 04:11 EST, 14 November 2014

 
Experts were unable to open the 9th century Carolingian pot (pictured), which was found on church land in Dumfries and Galloway in September
The mystery surrounding the contents of a Viking pot has been solved after researchers carried out a CT scan on the ancient artefact. Archaeologists had been unable to open the pot to see what was inside, but its weight suggested it was full of treasure.


After undergoing a series of scans, the 1,200-year-old pot was found to contain up to at least five silver brooches and an ornate bead. 

It was among more than 100 objects discovered by metal detectorist Derek McLennan, 47 in Dumfries in September.

Other items include solid gold jewellery, arm bands and silver ingots.

The find was deemed one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in the UK, but the pot's contents were a mystery.

Experts were concerned about damaging the 9th century Carolingian pot when attempting to see what was inside.

But now, the CT scanner at Borders General Hospital, Scotland, has revealed the ornate box contains around 20 silver, gold and ivory items.

Mr McLennan, a retired businessman, said the latest discovery was ‘beautiful and exciting’.

‘It brought it all back to me when I saw what was inside the pot,’ he continued.

‘I was like a kid looking in the sweet shop window unable to touch anything being on the other side of the glass.

‘Nothing else had been on my mind for two-and-half-months than seeing what was inside the pot, and then seeing it, there was a rush of emotion and was incredibly exciting.

‘I was absolutely amazed by what was inside the pot. There seems to be 20 plus artefacts in the pot, while most of them seem to be broaches of some sort.

‘It’s a real mishmash of artefacts. Not everything comes across clear as there are different types of metal in there.

The discovery was made on Church of Scotland land in Dumfries, however, the exact location has not been revealed because the Scottish Government, Treasure Trove Unit and Historic Scotland have to make sure its properly protected while the full historical significance of the site is established
The hoard also includes various brooches, ingots and this gold bird pin


The discovery was made in early September by retiree Derek McLennan. I was made on Church of Scotland land, but the exact location hasn't been revealed. A gold ring found in the hoard is pictured

An early medieval cross was also found among the hoard of Viking treasure. The cross is engraved with decorations that experts claim are highly unusual, and which finder Mr McLennan believes may represent the four Gospels

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2833174/A-peek-inside-Viking-piggybank-CT-scans-treasure-chest-reveal-hidden-brooches-gold-ingots-ivory-beads.html#ixzz3KlUqD2yF 



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