Viking hoard saved

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A five month appeal to raised £2m has succeeded in saving the spectacular Galloway Viking hoard.

The hoard, which has been acquired by National Museums Scotland, includes more than 100 pieces of gold, sliver and jewellery dating from around the time of the Norman Conquest and was found in 2014 by a metal detectorist in a field in Dumfries and Galloway.

It is an exceptionally rare survival, and as the largest collection of Viking precious metal found in the British Isles is of international significance. It includes a gold bird-shaped pin, a rare solid gold ingot, intricately decorated silver jewellery, pieces with runic inscriptions, and an elaborately decorated silver gilt container that may have been looted from a Byzantine church.

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