Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Valuable 10th-century Viking ornaments found on the Isle of Man


ARCHEOLOGY – Consisting of a large brooch and ring ornaments in gold and silver, the treasure belonged to a person of high rank.

They will now adorn the galleries of a museum. Discovered on the Isle of Man at the end of last year by a British detectorist, a small batch of Scandinavian objects has just joined, on Thursday, the medieval collections of the Manx Museum, in the port of Douglas. Composed of only three small objects, the find seems modest. It is not: it constitutes one of the richest treasures of Viking goldsmith’s work so far discovered on this small island wedged between Great Britain and Ireland.

Contacted by the discoverer of the objects, the museum sent a team of specialists to the site to document the site, date the find as well as possible and ensure that no other archaeological remains are found on the site. Buried around 950, this treasure consists of three precious ornaments: a large silver pin brooch and two ring ornaments, a partially preserved silver cuff, as well as a gold bracelet, exceptionally preserved and decorated with engraved dot patterns.

«The bracelet is a rare findAllison Fox, curator at the Manx Museum, said in a statement. “Gold items were not very common during the Viking Age. Silver was by far the most common metal for trading and displaying wealth. It was estimated that gold was worth 10 times the value of silver and that this bracelet could have been worth the equivalent of 900 pieces of silver.»



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