1,000-Year-Old Viking Treasure Trove Discovered in Scotland

Viking Treasure Discovered in Scotland
Caerlaverock Castle
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updated 10/16/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT

originally published 10/15/2014 AT 04:40 PM EDT

Treasure hunters: Don't sell your metal detectors just yet.

That's all it took for Derek McLennan, a retired businessman, to discover what some experts are calling one of Scotland's most significant buried treasures. The Vikings raided England repeatedly from the 8th to the 11th centuries, and they buried huge chunks of their valuables, which have been tantalizing treasure hunters like McLennan for years.

McLennan discovered a hoard of 100 gold and silver items in a field in Dumfriesshire, southwest Scotland, in September. Impressively, it's the second such trove he's found in that area: Last year, he and a friend discovered around 300 medieval coins in the same area.

"Experts have begun to examine the finds, but it is already clear that this is one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland," Scotland's Treasure Trove unit said in a statement.

The BBC claims that McLennan's find is the largest such collection discovered in Scotland since 1891 and could be worth six figures. Enough for McLennan to buy a nicer metal detector – though he seems to be doing pretty well for himself already.

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