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Metal detectorists’ haul in Co Down declared treasure

A judge has ruled that ancient artefacts discovered by three different metal detecting enthusiasts in Co Down are treasure.

Among the hoard are medieval coins, Viking silver and a gold brooch.

The ring, an 18-carat gold treasure, dates from the 13th Century. It was found on a stock of barley in a field near Ardglass last year.

A silver arm ring that once adorned a Viking was discovered on the shoreline of Strangford Lough near Downpatrick.

Twelve silver coins found stacked together are thought to have been lost or buried near Ballyhornan beach.

Three local metal detecting enthusiasts found the treasures.

It’s expected National Museums Northern Ireland will purchase the items with the finders and the landowners splitting the value.