September 2014 was a great month for British metal detector enthusiast Derek McLennan. The retired businessman discovered "one of the most important Viking hoards ever found in Scotland" in a field in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. (photos)
Among the more than 100 artifacts found at the site were an early, enameled, Christian cross and "possibly the largest silver Carolingian pot ever discovered, with its lid still in place." The hoard was believed to have been buried in the 9th or 10th century.