Good news for Scottish treasure seekers: if you find treasure in Scottish soil the hoard is yours. You do not have to share it with anyone else. This law does not exist in the rest of the UK. Everywhere else in the UK you have to share your loot with the landowner.
Derek McLennan was using his metal detector when he stumbled upon a find worth nearly £2 million. The find is Britain’s largest Viking treasure said to be from 10th century. It consists of silver and gold items of jewellery as well as material, beads and crystals. One item is a silver cup which seems to be from the Byzantium regime.
The Queen’s and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer (QLTR) makes all decisions on items that are discovered by metal detectorists. The QLTR are blown away by the significance and value of the discovery. They have ordered the find to be displayed in the National Museum providing that they can find the money to reimburse MvLennan.
McLennan’s partner, Sharon McKee helped with this treasure hunt and says that they can’t wait to see the treasure on display in Scotland’s National Museum.
The museum is excited by this unique discovery and the implications that that Vikings were present in Scotland.