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23.01.2021

Huxley Hoard

The Huxley Treasure is a hoard of Viking jewelry from all of 900-910 found buried near Huxley, Cheshire, England. It consists of 21 silver bracelets, one silver ingot, and 39 lead fragments totaling about 1.5 kg (3.3 lb). The bracelets may have been produced by Norse settlers in Dublin and may have been buried for safekeeping by Viking refugees who settled in Cheshire and the Wirral in the early 900s. It was discovered by Steve Reynoldson in November 2004 after he discovered lead fragments 30 centimeters (12 inches) underground with a metal detector. 

The bracelets were folded flat, sixteen decorated with perforated patterns, six with embossed crosses in the center, another six with a central cross and one at each end. Two have lattice patterns, one has an hourglass stamp on the edge, one has chevrons with central and end crosses, and one (found as a twisted band) has a zigzag pattern; the remaining four are plain. The lead fragments suggest that the hoard may have been buried either in a lead sheet or in a wooden box lined with lead.

One of a cluster of hoards found in the Chester area, it was held at the British Museum until early 2007, before making its July 2007 debut at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. A Heritage Fund lottery grant of £45,000 enabled its purchase, with the co-owners of Grosvenor Museum, Cheshire Museums Services and National Museums Liverpool having it on display at the Liverpool Museum. It was the subject of a book published by the National Museum of Liverpool in 2010.

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