Furness Hoard

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Coordinates: 54°12′N 3°09′W / 54.20°N 3.15°W / 54.20; -3.15

Furness Hoard
Material Silver coins, ingots and jewellery
Size 92 silver coins
Created 9th and 10th century
Period/culture Viking
Discovered May 2011
Present location Dock Museum, Barrow-in-Furness

The Furness Hoard is a hoard of Viking silver coins and other artefacts dating to the 9th and 10th Century that was discovered in Furness, Cumbria, England in May 2011 by an unnamed metal detectorist.[1] The exact location of the find, as well as the names of the finder and the landowner, have not been made public.

Description[edit]

The hoard comprises 92 silver coins, including two Arabic dirhams, several silver ingots, and one silver bracelet.[1] The hoard is thought to have been deposited in about AD 955.[1]

Significance[edit]

This is the largest Viking hoard ever to have been found in the Furness area, and has been described as a "missing link" because it is the first significant archaeological evidence of Norse inhabitation in the area even though many local place names, such as Barrow, Yarlside, Roa[disambiguation needed] and Ormsgill, are Old Norse in origin.[1]

Display[edit]

The hoard has been held at the Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness since discovery, and the Dock Museum has indicated that it hopes to acquire the hoard after it has been valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee.[2]

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Viking coin hoard found in Furness, Cumbria". Portable Antiquities Scheme. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Hoard of Viking silver coins unearthed in Furness". BBC News. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.