Archaeologists Hope for Viking Hoard

Amateur archaeologists with a metal detector may have found Britain's earliest Viking ship burial, or so experts hope. The undisclosed site in northern England has so far produced silver coins and a belt buckle dating to the 9th century CE, but hope is high for much more.

"We may have the opportunity now to find and date, once and for all, England's first Viking boat burial, which would be one of the most significant Viking finds for the British Isles," said archaeologist Simon Holmes about the recent discovery of Viking artifacts in northeast England. Most signifcant were iron nails used in boat-building which lead experts to believe that the site may contain a Viking ship burial. The site, which was discovered by amateur archaeologists last December, is being kept a secret pending further research.

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