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The Skaill Hoard was discovered by a young boy near St Peter’s Kirk in Sandwick in 1858.

The hoard contained nine brooches, 14 necklets, 27 armlets and an assortment of ingots and silver fragments, together with a number of Anglo-Saxon and Arabic coins and had a total weight of c. 6.8 Kg. It dates to the 10th century.

Several of the items had been nicked to test their quality, suggesting that the objects had passed through several different hands.

See the Orkneyjar web page The Skaill Viking Hoard