Hoard of Viking treasure found in Scotland includes artifacts of Irish origin.Hemera

A metal-detecting enthusiast has uncovered a hoard of Viking treasure with Irish links in Scotland.

Derek McLennan, 47, unearthed more than 100 objects on church land at an undisclosed location in Dumfries near the coast of the Irish Sea in October 2014.

The Irish Independent reported that the “historically significant” find of unique artifacts, several of Irish origin, included silver ingots, armbands, brooches, and several gold objects.

An early Christian cross thought to date from the ninth or 10th century was among the items found.

Experts described McLennan’s discovery as "one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland.”

McLennan, who was part of a group that found more than 300 medieval silver coins last year, had been searching the area for a year when he made the discovery of the Viking treasure.

According to the Scots' law of treasure trove, McLennan should be given a reward judged equivalent to the market value of the items.

* Originally published in 2014.