Two amateur British treasure-hunters were sentenced Friday to long prison terms for stealing coins and jewelry [File: Kirsty Wigglesworth/The Associated Press]

Two amateur British treasure hunters were sentenced on Friday to long prison terms for stealing a hoard of 1,100-year-old Anglo-Saxon coins and jewellery valued at millions of dollars.

Experts say the hoard – much of which is still missing – could shed new light on a period when Saxons were battling the Vikings for control of England. The trove is thought to have been buried in the late ninth century by a member of a Viking army that was being pushed east across England by an alliance of Saxon forces.

The collection of gold and silver jewellery and up to 300 coins

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