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Adam S.





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PostPosted: Thu 27 Aug, 2009 4:26 pm    Post subject: Well hidden hord         Reply with quote

I'd say well hidden indeed, if it took several centuries to find. Wink

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PostPosted: Sat 29 Aug, 2009 1:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Fascinating, so the clip mentions that Britain purchased the find from the finder for about a million pounds half of which goes to the finder. Who gets the other half? The owner of the land? Taxes?
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PostPosted: Sat 29 Aug, 2009 2:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Russ Ellis wrote:
Fascinating, so the clip mentions that Britain purchased the find from the finder for about a million pounds half of which goes to the finder. Who gets the other half? The owner of the land? Taxes?
British law states that in case of the purchase of archeological finds, half the money goes to the finder, the other half to the landowner.
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PostPosted: Sat 29 Aug, 2009 2:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sors- And Then the income tax guys take all of it Big Grin
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PostPosted: Sun 30 Aug, 2009 6:09 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A great persentage of viking age finds are loose finds, often made during plowing or other agricultural activity.
Of course, one can only imagine how much that was found and subsequently lost before the idea of museums caught on...
The largest hoard found in Norway contained about 2.5 kg of pure gold, at a present day metal value of 77 000$

In the viking world, coin had no special value; The only thing that mattered was the weight of the metal.
As such it would not be unusual to melt down all the silver after an expedition, and turn it into silver string, which was subsequently worn as bracelets, arm or neck rings. Some of these have later been made into more ornate versions, but crude versions of one or two thick silver strings are also common. The same was done with gold. However, gold was 20 times more expensive than silver, so you would be very rich in deed to own gold jewlery. However, the above mentioned hoard looks like it was the jewlery of a single woman.
There was filthy rich people then as now.

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