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Alice Mathewson

Fascinating Christina. I am now living in Scotland so will try and see them 'live'. The skill is astonishing. I am looking forward to reading Hidden in the Mists

Christina Courtenay

Thank you so much Alice, I hope you enjoy it! I think the Hoard is in Aberdeen at the moment, then I’m guessing it will go back to Edinburgh. Hope you get to see it!


Wow, Christina, who doesn't love a good hoard, and this one is FASCINATING! Thanks so much for showing it to us. (A FLAMINGO??!!!) And that vessel from Central Asia. So much here speaks to those long ancient trade routes. Wonderful!

Christina Courtenay

So glad you enjoyed the post! Yes, flamingo seemed a bit farfetched but apparently they live around the Mediterranean so not that far to come. I'd prefer to think it's a bird of prey :-) Either way, it's gorgeous!


Christina, thank you for a fascinating post and the wonderful pictures. It's exciting to think that there are likely many hidden hoards still waiting to be discovered!

Christina Courtenay

Yes I really hope I find something other than rusty nails at some point:-). So glad you enjoyed the post, thank you!

Mary Jo Putney

Christina, I'm the mysterious?.., and I have NO idea who Typepad didn't know who I was. I suppose flamingos were rare and fascinating in those days, and it does look like a flamingo, but I agree that a bird of prey would be cooler.

Mary Jo

Christina Courtenay

No worries - I thought it might be


Great article Christina. I live in North Of England and went to see the Horde last year, it's beautiful.

Anne Gracie

These are beautiful, I don't suppose the hoard will ever come to Australia, but I would happily buy reproductions of some of that jewellery — the flamingo brooch, perhaps. I don't think it's that much of a stretch for it to be a flamingo. The vikings did travel amazing distances, didn't they?

Christina Courtenay

Thank you - I’m so glad you got to see it as well!

Christina Courtenay

Thank you! No you’ll probably have to travel to Scotland although you never know - these things do go on tour sometimes! They had a gift shop with tiny replicas of the bird pin but sadly not made of real gold - I’d love that too! And you’re right, there were Vikings who made it to the Mediterranean.


I haven't searched for treasure, but I did visit Mel Fisher's treasure museum in Key West, Florida. He found a 1622 wreck of the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a Spanish Galleon, with 40 tons of gold and silver, Colombian emeralds and many artifacts. Unbelievably, this is believed to be only about half of what the ship was carrying, they are still searching for the other half. Since this was only one ship, the total amount of riches that was taken from the New World to Spain is mind-boggling!
I often see people with metal detectors walking along the beach in New Jersey, but I think they mainly find money or other items lost by beachgoers!


To me it looks like some other long necked bird, a crane, heron or pelican.

Christina Courtenay

Definitely could be, Karin!

Christina Courtenay

Oh wow, imagine finding that! Must have been magical. Would love to see that treasure sometime!

Annette N

Thank you for the terrific post....most of all thank you for the photos which show the artistry and talent of those people from the past.
I have never found a treasure, but I am not the fortunate kind of person who would find treasure. Now, the hole it was in....I would find that for sure.
I am in awe of the capabilities of those long ago artists. I think the bird looks like a crane or egret of some kind.
Hope everyone is cool and safe.

Christina Courtenay

Thank you Annette, I’m really pleased you enjoyed it! I don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to find anything either but it’s fun to try.

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