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Viking Age ingot discovered by local declared treasure

Sat, 07 Dec 2019

Credit: Manx National Heritage
Credit: Manx National Heritage
A small piece of Viking Age silver has been declared treasure at a Treasure Inquest.
 
Discovered in September this year, Lee Morgan found the ingot with a metal detector, believed to date from 950 AD and 1075.
 
The ingot was cut and buried or lost in the ground over time.
 
It will be displayed in the Manx Museum until early February before going to the Treasure Valuation Committee in London to be valued.
 
Allison Fox, Curator of Archaeology for Manx National Heritage said; 'Ingots like this were used in the Viking world for trade. The ingots were weighed and tested to make sure of their silver content and they were used in part or in whole to buy whatever a Viking needed. 
 
'It was a cross-border currency – if a Viking was in a place that valued silver, ingots could be used.  During the later Viking Age, ingots were used alongside coinage.  This ingot may only be a small artefact, but put into context, it helps illustrate how the Isle of Man was a part of the international Viking trade network 1000 years ago.'       
 
More information on the Treasure Act 2017 can be found here: http://www.tynwald.org.im/links/tls/GC/2017/2017-GC-0005.pdf.
 
 
 
 

 

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