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Gilded horse mounts of Viking confidant of the king found in Denmark

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Gilded bronze and silver-plated mounts from a horse bridle have been discovered in the town of Hørning near Skanderborg in Jutland, Denmark along with the remains of a Viking to whom these artifacts belonged to.
The find consists of two cross-shaped fittings and a rectangular buckle.  They are now on display at the Museum of Skaderborg.


Merethe Schifter Bagge, a project manager and archaeologist at the museum said the artifacts are exquisite and so rare that it is considered among some of the greatest archaeological discoveries in Danish history. It dates back to 950 AD which could mean the Viking who owned them could have been a confidant of the king and it is believed to be a gift of alliance from the king. This type of bridle was only available to the most powerful people in the Viking Age

The Museum of Skanderborg archaeologists has secured funding for a full excavation of the area including a huge grave complex, which is unusually large for the time period.

Archaeologists hope to gai…

Metal detecting duo discovers hoard of 2000 coins in Cornwall

Some of the coins from the hoard, many looked like the day they were cast.

Darren Troon, 45, from Redruth and Kyle Neil, 18, from Scorrier is a metal detecting duo who went out on a trip to a recently ploughed field in Hayle, Cornwall and expected it to be just another day out making the typical finds they always do. Mr Troon said that upon arrival they proceeded as usual and he found a Romain coin, which he initially did not think much of, then a few minutes later a bundle of more than 10 and the following signals became constant.  They started unearthing a bunch of coins which were dirty from years buried in the earth, but many of them looked like the day they were cast. Much to their amazement they uncovered a hoard of almost 2000 Roman coins dating from 253AD to 274AD, nestled in a stone-lined pit.

Mr. Troon and Neil is the lucky metal detecting duo who unearthed the large hoard in Cornwall

Between the money was the remains of a tin container with a handle and lead stopper.  This would have been the vessel which once contained the coins. It became corroded and broken into pieces due to age.  Hoards are most often found inside ceramic pots.

Remains of the tin pot which contained the coins

They called in some help and spent all day carefully unearthing the remarkable find and said it is an unforgettable event and it took them a couple of days to fully realize the significance of their find.  He believes there is a lot more out there to be found and eager to embark on the next metal detecting adventure.
Mr. Neil says that they gave the coins to the Royal Cornwall Museum which forwarded them to the British Museum for evaluation and has been officially classed as a treasure. 

The hoard is currently being evaluated by the British Museum

The coins were an official currency and in circulation around the late Roman era.The Royal Cornwall Museum intends on purchasing the hoard following evaluation by the British Museum. Mr Troon and Neil will share the selling price with the landowner.

 
                       

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