This Guy Was Metal Detecting In A Scottish Field When He Found A Staggering Viking Treasure Trove

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Image: Derek McLennan and Martin McSweeney
Images: Derek McLennan and Martin McSweeney / Derek McLennan and Martin McSweeney

Keen treasure hunter Derek McLennan is a former businessman who hails from Ayrshire in southwest Scotland. And on this particular day, he was standing in a field with two friends when his metal detector started beeping. But little did McLennan know that sheer euphoria awaited below the ground for the three of them.

Image: BBC
Image: BBC

However, this find might never have come to pass. In fact, on this morning in September 2014, McLennan had awoke feeling rather unwell. But he’d already promised two friends – fellow detectorists Rev. Dr. David Bartholomew and Mike Smith, a Pentecostal pastor – that he would go treasure hunting.

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Image: Gordon McLennan via BBC
Image: Gordon McLennan via BBC

After all, when it came to finding buried treasure, McLennan already had something of a track record. In fact, in 2013 he and another friend, Gus Paterson, had discovered a huge hoard of more than 300 medieval silver coins near Twynholm, Scotland. Was that extraordinary piece of luck about to repeat itself?

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