Viking Age Silver Ingot Recovered on the Isle of Man

News June 7, 2024

(Manx National Heritage)

MANX, ISLE OF MAN—According to a Witchita Eagle report, a metal detectorist on the Isle of Man discovered a silver ingot thought to be about 1,000 years old. Vikings arrived on the Isle of Man in the ninth century and eventually settled there. “Ingots like this were used in the Viking world for trade,” said archaeologist Allison Fox of Manx National Heritage. Each ingot would have been weighed and tested to confirm its silver content before it would be accepted in trade anywhere in the Viking world, Fox explained. This uncut ingot, which weighs less than an ounce, has been put on display at the Manx Museum. To read about a cache of Viking silver and Anglo-Saxon heirlooms, go to "Secrets of Scotland's Viking Age Hoard."

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