A hoard of 1,000-year-old artefacts including more than 200 coins, ingots & pieces of silver jewellery, found buried in north Lancashire. The British Museum are examining the hoard after it was discovered in a lead pot by a metal detector enthusiast. The hoard buried at a time when the Anglo-Saxons were attempting to take control of the north of England from the Vikings. Contains Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Viking, German & Islamic coins. 201 silver objects, 27 coins, buried 900AD.
The Dumfries hoard is the most important Viking discovery in Scotland for over 100 years. The items from within the vessel, which may have been accumulated over a number of generations, reveal objects from across Europe and from other cultures with non-Viking origins.
One of the most important items from the Cheapside Hoard is this large Colombian emerald pocket watch, circa 1600. Taking advantage of the crystal’s hexagonal shape, the maker removed a slice for the cover, cut out a central section for the movement, and used that gem material to embellish the metalwork. Green enamel decorates various parts of the watch. The artistry and meticulous engineering indicate this timepiece was intended for nobility. Museum of London.