In what can only be described as every metal detector enthusiast’s wet dream, Derek McLennan found a Viking treasure worth over two-and-a-half million dollars in Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway region.
You’d be smiling too if you were him.
The treasure, discovered in 2014 by McLennan and his partner Sharon McKee contains around 100 items from the 10th century including a gold ring, silver bracelets and a Christian cross. To date, this is the biggest haul of Viking treasure that’s ever been unearthed in the United Kingdom.
Upon discovering the treasure, McKee posted on Facebook “We are honored and feel privileged to have saved this internationally significant treasure and we look forward to the many exciting discoveries that will be further revealed.“ She continued, “We cannot wait for its eventual display in Scotland’s National Museum.”
McKee would like the treasure to be displayed in a museum in Scotland, but McLennan is aware of the value of what he possesses. He won’t give up his million dollar haul unless the museum can raise the necessary funds. The Director of The National Museums Scotland, Doctor Gordon Rintoul says “We now have six months to raise £1.98m to acquire this unique treasure for the nation and ensure it can be enjoyed by future generations both at home and abroad.”
No matter what happens, McLennan can expect quite the pay day from this discovery. All it took for them to become millionaires was a shovel, a metal detector, and time. Now you’ll think twice before thumbing your nose at a metal detector enthusiast scouring your local beach. Or maybe you won’t. I don’t know you.