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Viking silver found on Isle of Man declared as treasure

Allison Fox tells BBC Isle of Man about the Island's Viking ancestry

A rare Viking silver ingot found in the North of the Island has been declared as treasure trove by the Coroner at Douglas Courthouse.

The ingot was found in a field in Andreas by John Crowe in October 2009.

Manx National Heritage believe the ingot, which contains 87% silver and weighs 20 grams, could date back a thousand years.

Archaeologist Allison Fox said: "This find shows the important role played by the Island as a Viking trade centre."

Viking Ingot found in Isle of Man
Archaeologists believe the ingot may date to 950 AD

The piece will now be valued and the finder may receive a reward.

The Vikings flourished on the Island and much of their influence is still evident today.

This is the latest of a number of Viking finds in recent years and illustrates how the Island could have once acted as a 'clearing house' for deals in goods and wealth and been at the centre of Viking trade routes.

Allison Fox explained that this find is unusual as there are no recorded archaeological sites near the area where it was found and pieces like this are usually associated with larger hordes of silver.

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