https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-50461860 Two metal detectorists stole a £3m Viking hoard that experts say has the potential to "rewrite history". George Powell and Layton Davies dug up about 300 coins in a field in Eye, near Leominster, Herefordshire, in 2015. They did not declare the 1,100-year-old find, said to be one of the biggest to date, and instead sold it to dealers. The recovered coins were issued by two separate, but neighbouring, kingdoms in the late 9th Century: Wessex and Mercia. Wessex at the time was ruled by the famous Alfred the Great and Mercia by the lesser known Ceolwulf II, who "just disappears from history without a trace" when the hoard was buried around the year 879, Mr Williams said. "What the coins show, beyond any possible doubt, is that there was actually an alliance between Alfred and Ceolwulf," Mr Williams continued, as they were sharing a coin design.