Derek McLennan, an avid metal detector-ist, found the haul of which includes an enameled Christian cross, decorative glass bead, pottery, bird-shaped gold pin, and gold ring. Rare finds include gold ingot, crystals, and a decorated silver-gilt cup probably of Byzantine origin.
Not all that glitters is gold because McLennan also discovered silver bracelets and brooches, along with coins. According to experts, bulk of the haul is silver jewelry. Items of the haul totaled to more than 100 pieces.
McLennan will be the master of coin as he is set to receive a reward of £1.98 million! According to the Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR), the ruling body for ownerless goods and property, decided that the relics should be handed to National Museums Scotland for display, in exchange for more than million British pounds. The reward was based on the market value of the treasures.
The National Museums Scotland was given six months to raise the money.
Scottish Archeological Finds Panel spokeswoman Evelyn Silber said: “The panel is grateful to the finder for reporting these stunning artefacts which include decorative glass beads, silver bracelets and brooches, a gold ring, a bird-shaped gold pin and a highly-decorated gilt vessel recognised as being one of only three known examples.
These will now be preserved and put on display for the people of Scotland, and the world, to enjoy.”
According to the NMS, the artifacts, found in Galloway and Dumfries, were considered one of a kind because it hints at “previously unknown connections” amongst people across Europe during the 10th century.
On the other hand, the Galloway Viking Hoard lobbied for the items to be displayed near where the haul was discovered – in southwest of Scotland. NMS will discuss the matter and work with Dumfries and Galloway Council to have some of the items displayed in the area.