"The Cuerdale Hoard.
This exceptional silver treasure consists of over 8,500 objects buried in a lead-lined chest. It was found by workmen in the bank of the River Ribble in 1840….
The hoard mainly consists of coins, together with ingots, amulets, chains, rings and cut-up brooches and armlets. Five bone pins were recorded, which may have originally fastened cloth bags containing the silver, but these have not survived….” http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/online_tours/europe/the_vikings/the_cuerdale_hoard.aspx