"Staggering find" links British Isles and Norway

Curator Barry Ager of the British Museum discovered a rare Viking artifact lately in an unexpected place: the storeroom of the British Museum. The ornate, gilded brooch, spotted by Ager "in a lump of organic material excavated from a Viking burial site at Lilleberge in Norway," turned out to be a rare piece of jewelry. (photo)

After spotting metal in the material, which is believed to have been a box, Ager was thrilled with the result. "It was a staggering find," he said. "It turned out, quite remarkably, to be this Celtic disc…It's extremely exciting…It's a very rare example of its sort within the collection…shows contact between the British Isles and Norway in the Viking period…objects seized as loot in this country and taken back."