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Irish ring-pin found in Viking boat burial site

A bronze Viking ring-pin believed to be from Ireland has been found buried with its owner in a major archaeological discovery in Scotland.

The 1,000-year-old remains of a Viking of high status in a five-metre-long boat burial site has been described as one of the most important Norse graves ever excavated in Britain.

As well as the ring-pin, which probably held his cloak, archaeologists also recovered other artefacts including an axe, a sword, a spear, what could be the tip of a bronze drinking horn and Viking pottery.

According to the archaeological team, preliminary analysis suggests that the ring-pin is from Ireland.

Viking specialist Dr Colleen Batey from the University of Glasgow said the boat is likely to be from the 10th century AD.

The find was made in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula in the Scottish Highlands, where archaeologists have been excavating for six years.

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