10th century Viking ring found in Sedbergh, England

Two farmers digging in a muddy drainage channel were surprised to see the glint of gold recently and even more surprised to discover a 10th century CE gold Viking ring.

"We dug and then there was a lot of rain and it unearthed it in the clay," said one of the farmers, who did not want to be named in case others tried to make similar findings on the land. "At first it just looked like a bottle top but when we picked it up it was heavy, with it being gold."

The double-banded ring is being held by the Kendal, South Cumbria coroner until the value of the treasure can be determined.