Yorkshire Viking hoard 'is nationally important'

Thursday 4th April 2013
Submitted by mattelton

A Viking hoard discovered near Bedale in North Yorkshire in 2012 is a "significant and nationally important discovery", according to experts.

The collection of artefacts, which includes silver neck rings, 29 silver ingots and a gold sword 'pommel' used to stop the weapon from slipping out of the hand, is thought to date from the late ninth or early tenth century. The items will remain in the British Museum in London until they are declared as treasure and valued, with The Yorkshire Museum expressing a desire to purchase the hoard.

Andrew Morrison, the curator of The Yorkshire Museum, said: "The artefacts uncovered are typical of a Viking hoard, with the majority of it being silver ingots which were used for currency. However, the gold sword pommel and a unique silver neck ring are incredibly beautiful and rare finds. We now hope to be able to raise the funds needed to keep them in Yorkshire."

  

  

  

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Image credits: York Museums Trust (Viking hoard); Sudeley Castle (Sudeley Castle); University of Leicester (Richard III)

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