From Saturday 14th until the end of February visitors to the Yorkshire Museum, York will have the golden opportunity to see for the first time a major Viking-age discovery found in Yorkshire.
For the next two weeks, as part of York’s Viking Festival, this unique group of weapons and personal items will be on display, including silver coins and the fragments of two swords. These items were found in December 2003 by metal detectorists and reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (www.finds.org.uk) in January, who identified them as Viking and from the late 9th Century AD.
Although the exact context of the finds is not yet known, it is likely that they have come from a Viking ‘Boat Burial’. Only a full archaeological excavation of the findspot will determine this. If this is indeed the case it will be the first Viking Boat Burial discovered in England and therefore one of the most important Viking discoveries ever made in the British Isles!
The presence of silver within the assemblage qualifies the find as Treasure under the new Treasure Act 1996 (which replaced the old Treasure Trove Law) and so, according to the Treasure Act, the finds will go to the British Museum in London for further study.