|When Derek McLennan’s metal detector began bleeping in the middle of a field of Dumfries and Galloway, little did he know it would set him up for life.|
His find – including silver bracelets, brooches, a gold ring, a Christian cross and a bird-shaped pin – was revealed to be the richest collection of rare Viking artifacts ever found in the UK. Now he is set to receive a cool £1.98million.
|A stash of Viking treasure earned father and son detectorists David and Andrew Whelan a tidy £500,000. The Whelans found the 600 plundered coins in a Harrogate field in 2007. The coins – from lands ranging from central Asia to north Africa – were sold to the Yorkshire Museum for £1 million.|
|It was the find of a lifetime when Michael Webb and his son discovered a huge gold chalice in a waterlogged bog in County Tipperary, Ireland. They unearthed the chalice, a bronze bowl, silver paten and hoop and a liturgical strainer dating back to the 10th to 12th centuries.|
David Booth as he headed out with his new metal detector – and stumbled across four Iron Age necklaces. He found the ancient jewellery, which dates from between 300BC and 100BC, hidden six inches beneath the surface in a field near Stirling. Booth was rewarded £462,000 from the National Museum of Scotland.
|An 18-carat gold cross, dating back to the 7th century and worth at least £25,000, was found 12 inches below the surface in a field in Nottinghamshire.|
Retired electrician Cliff Bradshaw had spent more than a year searching an area of the Kent countryside, convinced it was on a former Saxon settlement. He struck gold in 2010 when he dug up a golden cup, dating to 1700-1500BC.
The British Museum paid £520,000 for the extremely rare treasure