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Garff Hoard

A metal detector found a significant hoard of 14 fragments of silver armbands, presumably dating back to the 10th century A.D., in the Garf area of the Isle of Man.

The discovery was made between June and December 2016, but after closer examination, it was discovered more recently. The exact location of the discovery has not been disclosed due to the need to protect the integrity of the site. Wrist bands were high status artifacts worn as a sign of wealth. Wristbands were an obvious sign of wealth and were also used as currency before coins were accepted. According to experts, this is the first such find in the area and may indicate a great deal of potential activity during the Viking Age.