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Friday, 21 October 2011

Museums could bid for Ardnamurchan Viking finds

Museums will have the chance to bid to exhibit artefacts from the UK mainland's first fully intact Viking boat burial.

Archaeologists found the remains of a high-ranking warrior, along with a sword, axe and other items at Ardnamurchan in the Highlands.

Following analysis, the Crown is expected to eventually claim the objects on behalf of the nation.

Under treasure trove rules, museums could then apply to keep them.

The museums making the bids must be on an approved list, showing that they have a curator and appropriate facilities to care for the objects.

The artefacts are still being examined by experts at CFA Archaeology in Musselburgh.


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