A massive hoard of Viking gold and silver treasures has been discovered by in Scotland by a man using a simple metal detector.
The discovery dates back to 1000-years – experts claim it is one of the most significant in the country’s history.
Retired businessman, Derek McLennan uncovered the stunning array of over 100 pieces in a field in Dumfriesshire, in southwest Scotland.
Among the objects found, a stunning solid silver cross from the 9th or 10th century, a silver pot of European origin and numerous other items that appear to have been buried deliberately.
“Experts have begun to examine the finds, but it is already clear that this is one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland,” Scotland’s Treasure Trove unit said in a statement.
McLennan’s discovery is his second contribution to Scotland’s past. Last year he and several friends unearthed nearly 300 medieval objects, mostly coins, in the same area.
“The Vikings were well known for having raided these shores in the past, but today we can appreciate what they have left behind,” said Scotland’s secretary for cultural and external affairs, Fiona Hyslop.
The latest find, also containing a rare silver cup engraved with animals which dates from the Holy Roman Empire, and a gold bird pin, is the largest to be found in Scotland since 1891 and could be worth six-figures on the open market.