In Co Down, Northern Ireland, David Taylor found a piece of metal lying in a field. Taylor’s wife told him to get rid of it, but he decided to clean it and ask his local museum. Taylor was with his brother-in-law picking up stones in a field that just been ploughed, when he saw the metal on the ground. His wife was sure that it was a bull ring and strongly suggested that he throw it away. Guess what? That piece of metal turned out to be rare Viking treasure!
The museum identified it as a bracelet-shaped piece of silver dating from between 950 and 1100 AD! It was thought to have been used as currency before coins were used as such. According to the article, the BBC mentioned how the item was possibly taken for storage at a local church near the field after falling into Irish hands. So how does this treasure find compare with other finds in recent years? The article mentioned how this metal piece is not the rarest find to be unearthed.
For example, in Staffordshire, England, 3,500 Anglo Saxon pieces were uncovered by Terry Herbert, who was metal detecting in a field in 2009. The finds were valued at a whopping 3.26 million (pounds)! In Hoxne, Suffolk, Peter Whattling and Eric Lawes went detecting to find a lost hammer. Instead they found 15,000 Roman coins and over 200 other items! In Harrogate, England, David and Andrew Whelan were metal detecting in 2007 when they discovered a mound of metal along with a fine silver bowl.
Their dig revealed 617 coins, including bowls and jewelry from around the time of 900 AD. The father and son shared 1 million (pounds). If someone is looking for treasure in the UK and Ireland, it is important to note what the article already mentioned. Anything that someone digs up, they have to report. The Treasure Act of 1996 defines gold and silver finds over 300 years as treasure, and claims Crown ownership.
Base metals that are older may also be labeled as treasure. If it’s not a treasure, then you can do what you like with it, and sell it to the highest bidder. As the article suggests, it is good to be patient, because you just never know when you will find something completely amazing. You could find something that could be important to history itself.