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14.03.2021

Furness Hoard

The Furness Treasure is a hoard of Viking silver coins and other artifacts dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries that was discovered in Furness , Cumbria , England in May 2011 by an unnamed metal prospector. The exact location of the find, as well as the names of the finder and the landowner, were not disclosed.

The treasure consists of 92 silver coins, including two Arab dirhams, several silver bars and one silver bracelet. The treasure is believed to have been deposited around 955 AD.

It is the largest Viking hoard ever found in the Furness area and has been described as a "missing link" because it is the first significant archaeological evidence of Nordic residence in the area, although many local place names such as Mound, Jarlside, Roa Island and Ormsgill are of ancient Scandinavian origin.

The treasure has been stored at the Dock Museum in Barrow-in-Furness since its discovery, and the Dock Museum has indicated that it hopes to acquire the treasure once it has been appraised by the Treasure Appraisal Committee. 

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