Two items of silver found in a field in County Antrim have been declared treasure, Belfast Coroner’s Court has found.
The objects were found by a man with a metal detector in a field on the Soldierstown Road, near Aghalee last year.
He took them to the curator of Armagh County Museum for further examination.
The items, which are more than 1,000 years old, will now go to the British Museum for valuation.
A major new exhibition featuring Viking finds from North Yorkshire will take place at the British Museum next year.
Vikings: Life And Legend is the first major exhibition on Vikings to be held at the London museum for more than 30 years, and will include artefacts from the Vale of York alongside items from around the UK and Ireland, and the museum’s own collection.
The Vale of York Hoard, which was found by metal detectorists near Harrogate in 2007, will be shown in its entirety for the first time since it was found and jointly acquired by the British Museum and York Museums Trust.
The hoard includes 617 coins, six arm rings and a quantity of bullion and hack-silver, and is considered the largest and most important Viking hoard to be found since 1840’s Cuerdale Hoard, part of which will also will also be included in the exhibition.
The exhibition runs at the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery between March 6 and June 22 next year.