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In Pictures: Vale of York Hoard

Vale of York Hoard vessel. Picture by the British Museum

The hoard was found by father and son David and Andrew Whelan while metal detecting near Harrogate in 2007. David described the find as a "ball covered with mud". Picture: British Museum Trustees.

Vale of York Hoard vessel (British Museum)

The vessel containing most of the hoard at first appeared "uniformly grey", said conservators. Picture: British Museum Trustees.

Silver-gilt vessel from the Vale of York Hoard. Picture: British Museum.

After cleaning, the vessel was revealed to be silver-gilt decorated with alternate deer and lions and inlaid with black niello. Picture: British Museum Trustees.

Conservator Fleur Shearman (British Museum).

Conservator Fleur Shearman working on the Vale of York Hoard vessel. Photo: British Museum trustees.

Coins from the Vale of York Hoard after cleaning (British Museum)

Some 100 of the 617 coins in the hoard have now been cleaned. Conservators are delighted with their condition. Picture: British Museum Trustees.

Jewellry, ingots and 'hack-silver' from the Vale of York Hoard. Picture: British Museum.

The treasure included jewellery, silver ingots and "hack silver" - items cut up for their bullion vale. Picture: British Museum Trustees.


From the hoard: gold Viking arm ring; cut-up brooch of Irish design; dirham from Samarkand, Uzbekistan; coin calling Athelstan King of All Britain. Pictures: British Museum Trustees.

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