Derek McLennan of western Scotland three years ago when he unearthed a national treasure of massive proportions. The man was out with his metal detector just north of Hadrian’s Wall when he discovered what is one of the most important archaeological finds in Scotland’s recent history.
During his excursion, Derek unearthed a literal treasure trove of expensive jewelry, a gold ring and an ornate, enameled cross dating back to the 10th century.
The Dumfries and Galloway region of southwestern Scotland likely hold many more treasures like these, under the peat and moss, just waiting for someone like Derek to come around!
Derek contacted Scotland’s National Museum with news of the find and they were delighted to hear he planned on handing over the artifacts for display… there was a small catch though.
By order of the Regulatory Artifacts Board, Scotland’s National Museum was ordered to pay Derek 1.98 million pounds for the right to display his discovery for the public!