Viking Sword Hilt National Treasure

This is Herefordshire: A gilded 10th century sword hilt became Britain's newest national treasure when it took up residency at the British Museum December 11, 2003. Julian Watters has a great job. He is the one who gets to identify all the artifacts discovered in Herefordshire. As liaison officer to the Verulamium Museum, he receives items dug out of fields by ploughs and amateur archaeologists. Recently, Watters was handed an item that may be of national importance: a gilded, 10th century Viking sword hilt.

"To actually find something made by a Viking is fairly rare. The British Museum's Viking department are keen to look at it, so it's probably of national importance," Watters said.

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