Silverdale Viking hoard examined by British Museum

Viking hoard The hoard included coins and jewellery

Related Stories

A hoard of Viking coins and jewellery found buried in north Lancashire is being examined by experts at the British Museum.

The collection of more than 200 coins and pieces of jewellery was found in September close to Silverdale by Darren Webster, 39.

The hoard, which was in a lead box, includes a coin thought to refer to a previously unknown Viking ruler.

A coroner will decide this week if the hoard qualifies as treasure trove.

If so, an independent committee will value it and any money raised from its sale will be divided equally between the landowner and Mr Webster.

'Falling silver'

The hoard was found buried 16in (40cm) underground

Mr Webster said: "The minute I found it I knew what it was or had a very good idea what it was.

"The coins, the bracelets, I knew it was more than likely Viking.

"Some people search all their life and don't find anything like that. I was very lucky to find what I found.

"The first thing I discovered was the lead pot it was contained in.

"When I lifted that out of the hole that's when I noticed silver falling from the pot."

The hoard is on show at a British Museum event to launch the Treasure and Portable Antiquities Scheme reports, which shows there were 157,188 finds recorded in 2009 and 2010.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Lancashire



7 °C 4 °C


  • Firth of Forth bridgeWhat came Firth?

    How the Forth was crossed before the famous bridge

  • Petrol pumpPumping up

    Why are petrol prices rising again?

  • Image of George from Tube CrushTube crush

    How London's male commuters set Chinese hearts racing

  • Elderly manSuicide decline

    The number of old people killing themselves has fallen. Why?

  • TricycleTreasure trove

    The lost property shop stuffed with diamonds, bikes... and a leg

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.