Viking treasure discovery in Scotland

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Metal detectorist finds Britain’s biggest ever haul of Viking treasure

12 October 2014

The largest haul of Viking treasure ever found in Britain has been unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast, it was revealed today.The discovery was found on Church of Scotland land after the detectorist painstakingly searched the unidentified area in Dumfries and Galloway for more than a year.

From STV in Scotland:

‘Significant’ Viking treasure found in Dumfries and Galloway

12 October 2014 12:31 BST

A hoard of Viking treasure found in Dumfries and Galloway has been described one of the most significant archaeological finds [in] Scottish history.

Early indication suggest there are over 100 artefacts, comprising several gold objects.

The hoard also included a complete metal vessel containing more objects. This has not yet been emptied and the first step will be to examine its contents by x-ray techniques.

Experts have begun to examine the finds, but it is already clear that this is one of the most significant Viking hoards ever discovered in Scotland.

Head of the Treasure Trove Unit Stuart Campbell, who is overseeing the recovery and assessment of the find, said: “This is a very important and significant find and has required the close cooperation of Historic Scotland with Treasure Trove Unit and National Museums Scotland staff to recover the fascinating items it contains.

“Due to the quantity and variety of the objects, and the importance of the find overall, it will take some time for experts to assess the hoard as a whole so that we can appreciate its true significance.

“We look forward to learning more.”

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “The Vikings were well known for having raided these shores in the past, but today we can appreciate what they have left behind, with this wonderful addition to Scotland’s cultural heritage.

“It’s clear that these artefacts are of great value in themselves, but their greatest value will be in what they can contribute to our understanding of life in early medieval Scotland, and what they tell us about the interaction between the different peoples in these islands at that time.

“The Dumfries hoard opens a fascinating window on a formative period in the story of Scotland and just goes to show how important our archaeological heritage in Scotland continues to be.

“As ever, the Scottish Government will work to facilitate and support the discovery, analysis and exhibiting of finds like this, for the benefit of people here and abroad. With that in mind I would like to echo the praise for the responsible behaviour of the metal detectorists: without their continued cooperation this would not be possible.”

The location of the find is not being revealed. The Scottish Government, Treasure Trove Unit and Historic Scotland are all involved in ensuring the area is properly protected while the full historical significance of the site is established.

Scottish racist fined by court

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The Scottish Defence League and ANTIFA: Bash The Fash, Oi Polloi.

22 August 2010

Bash The Fash Made in Scotland by Oi Polloi!: The SDL are attacking our trade unions, our freedom of expression and hijacking our national identity, to take us down to their level. Don’t let Scotland sink to their level.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Charity slams 300 fine for racist attack

Monday 22nd September 2014

A Scottish housing charity branded a £300 fine for a shocking racist attack earlier this year “derisory” yesterday.

“You have to ask if £300 is enough to deter racists from carrying out future attacks,” said Positive Action in Housing director Robina Qureshi.

“The courts need to look at all sentencing powers available to them, including prison.”

Stuart McIlreavy, of Linwood, Renfrewshire, was fined at Glasgow Sheriff Court for the city-centre tirade in February.

Video footage of the attack seen in court showed Mr McIlreavy screaming at two Asian men on a bus.

He can be heard shouting: “My brother just got blown up by an IED, ya p**** [pakis] — anything to do with you? Shut your f****** face. I’ll f****** stab you in the neck like a f****** chicken.”

The Hope Not Hate campaign joined calls for stronger sentencing in racist attacks.

“This individual subjected innocent people to a vile, racist tirade and then sought to justify his rant using lies about family members being injured in the armed forces,” a group spokesman said.