Category Archives: Saxon and Viking Landscape Feature

Claughton Viking Burial, near Garstang

In 1822 a group of workers building a new road near Claughton Hall cut through a sandy mound in the area now known as Sandhole Wood. By doing so they discovered a Viking burial mound (or ‘hlaew’) and uncovered its grave goods a few feet below the surface. Whether the … Continue reading

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Furness Viking Hoard

In 2011 in a field near  the village of Stainton with Adgarley a metal detectorist unearthed a hidden Viking hoard of coins and hack silver.  Most of the coins had been minted by the  Anglo-Saxons but there were also Viking … Continue reading

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Nico Ditch, Platt Fields Park, Manchester

Visitors to Platt Fields Park today may come across an unusual Dark Age relic in the form of the mysterious Nico Ditch. Tucked between the boundary wall of Manchester High School for Girls and a long set of iron railings, the scheduled … Continue reading

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Silverdale Viking Hoard

Sometime around the year 905 AD, an unknown Viking hid a collection of silver valuables. Having dug a small hole in the ground, firstly five arm rings were put in, and then placed on top of them was a lead pouch containing … Continue reading

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