A Viking hoard which was found in Beckermet is being studied by University of Oxford scientists.

Daniel Boakes and Netherhall School teacher Justin Bell discovered a haul of silver ingots and rings which were dated back to the Norse period.

The findings will be analysed at a bespoke facility in Southampton. Principal investigator Doctor Jane Kershaw said: "The Beckermet hoard is a fascinating viking assemblage of silver ingots and rings recovered by two local metal detectorists in 2014.

"It is a vital source for understanding the resources and contacts with the Vikings in Cumbria around the year 900AD."

Although it is known that the silver is of Norse origin, scientists are looking to discover where they came from."

Dr Kershaw said: "Lead isotope readings, obtained from the lead that naturally occurs within the silver, can help answer that question."

To get the data they are looking for, scientists will use "minimally destructive" lasers which will scan the artefacts.

A full report will be released later in the year but initial tests have revealed some clues.

Dr Kershaw said: "Without a doubt this hoard is late 9th or early 10th century. It must have been deposited before 925 AD. Most of the silver show that it has been made from a combination of Carolingian coins and Islamic Dirhams."

On Saturday June 29, the Norse influence will be brought to life at the Beacon Museum. 'Discover the Vikings' was created by The Jorvik Group, including special events and workshops.