Lisle, Ill., Oct. 23, 2014 – Minelab, the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs, today announced that Derek McLennan, a 47-year-old retired Scottish businessman and treasure hunting enthusiast, uncovered a hoard of 1000-year-old Viking artifacts from the ninth and tenth century using the Minelab CTX 3030 treasure detector.
“I knew the CTX 3030’s reach was deep, but over 24 inches down? Simply mind blowing,” said McLennan. “Some people are saying it was divine intervention, but then again, some people don’t know Minelab.”
Armbands, brooches, a unique Viking cross and a silver Carolingian pot with its lid still intact were included in the ancient hoard, making the discovery one of the largest and most important Viking discoveries ever found in Britain. The discovery was uncovered on the Church of Scotland’s land and is expected to soon be on display in the National Museum of Scotland’s Viking exhibition in Edinburgh after closer examination.
“We are thrilled that our product, the CTX 3030, was instrumental in Derek McLennan’s incredible discovery,” said Gary Schafer, General Manager of Worldwide Consumer Markets and of America’s Operations for Minelab Electronics. “The discovery is not only exciting for treasure hunters, but for anyone interested in uncovering the answers to our world’s ancient history.”
“This is a hugely significant find. Nothing like this has been found in Scotland before in terms of the range of material this hoard represents,” said Stuart Campbell, National Museum of Scotland’s head of Scotland’s treasure trove unit.
Minelab’s CTX 3030 treasure detector is all-terrain and waterproof in up to 10 ft. Equipped with a full color LCD screen and advanced Target Tracediscrimination, the CTX 3030 GPS allows treasure hunters to navigate to specific locations and to record exact locations of their discoveries. With five preset search modes and many automatic functions, the model is intuitive for beginner treasure hunters while providing advanced features for experienced detectorists.
To learn more about Minelab or the CTX 3030, visit minelab.com.
Minelab is an Australian-built, multi-award winning business that has successfully scaled world markets to command global leadership in its key areas of operation. Based in Torrensville, South Australia with regional headquarters in Cork, Ireland and Chicago, U.S. the company specializes in advanced electronic technologies. Since its origins in 1985 Minelab has been the world leader in providing metal detecting technologies for consumer, humanitarian demining and military needs. Through devotion to research and development and innovative design, Minelab is today a major world manufacturer of hand-held metal detector products. Over the past 28 years, Minelab has introduced more innovative and practical technology than any of its competitors and has taken the metal detecting industry to new levels of excellence. Minelab is a Codan Limited company (ASX: “CDA”).