While he was examining agricultural land with his metal detector, a retired former police officer, Kath Giles, has discovered a Viking treasure. All this took place on the Isle of Man, a territory located in Northern Europe, in the Irish Sea, between the two islands of Ireland and Great Britain.
The treasure includes a gold arm ring and a “massive” silver brooch dating back to 950 AD. It was unearthed in December but was first revealed during an expert hearing. As for the gold ring, it is a “rare find,” according to Manx National Heritage curator Allison Fox.
Giles, after being interviewed, said early on that he knew he had found “something very special” and was “thrilled” with the discovery. If the objects are legally classified as treasures, they belong to the state and whoever finds them is rewarded. It has not been determined exactly how much this latest discovery is worth, but similar articles have been evaluated roughly 1,500 pounds.
During 950 AD, the Isle of Man was under the rule of the Scandinavian kings of Dublin. “The ring, brooch and cut bracelet are all high-end personal adornments and represent a great deal of accumulated wealth. Finding just one of these elements would be important. The fact that they were all found together suggests that whoever buried them was extremely wealthy“finally says Fox.
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