Hundreds of Viking artefacts have been found on the grounds of the Church of Scotland near Dumfries and Galloway.
Finder, Derek McLennan, was left so shocked and emotional, his wife had thought he had been in a car accident when he told her over the phone.
One of the most prized objects in the trove was a solid silver cross thought to date back to the ninth or tenth century.
Mr McLennan said of the Celtic-looking cross: "I believe they resemble the carvings you can see on the remnants of St Cuthbert’s coffin in Durham Cathedral. For me, the cross opens up the possibility of an intriguing connection with Lindisfarne and Iona."
Dozens of silver arm rings and ingots were found only inches below the surface.
A silver pot, the largest ever found, is thought to have been up to 1200 years old and has yet to be opened.
Co-founder, Rev Dr David Bartholomew described the moment the hoard was first sighted: ‘He ran over to us waving a silver arm-ring and shouting “Viking”.
‘It was tremendously exciting, especially when we noticed the silver cross lying face-downwards.’
The exact location has been kept secret while the Treasure Trove Unit and Historic Scotland determine its full significance.