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Detectorists strike gold as British Museum reveals record haul
There were 1,120 treasure finds in 2016, the highest number since the revised Treasure Act came into law 20 years ago
A glorious jewel made from hundreds of tiny pieces of garnet set in gold to form geometric and animal shapes lay for 1,400 years on the breast of an unknown woman until her Norfolk grave was rediscovered by a first-year university student. The item was among a record number of treasure finds reported by the British Museum in the year 2016. The pendant and other jewels and coins buried with the woman were among the spectacular discoveries mainly made by metal detectorists
The pendant and other jewels and coins buried with the woman were among the spectacular discoveries mainly made by metal detectorists – including a hoard of 158 bronze age axes and ingots, the largest of its kind to be found in Yorkshire; and more than 2,000 silver Roman coins in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, which the finder and a local archaeologist managed to lift together with the clay pot holding them and the entire block of soil in which it was buried, so it could be studied at the British Museum.
The grave of the Norfolk woman, who probably had aristocratic or royal connections, was found by Tom Lucking, then a landscape history student at the University of East Anglia. He has since graduated with a first and found work as an archaeologist. His student loan debt repayments will be made considerably easier by the £145,000 valuation recently agreed at the British Museum for his treasure, which will be shared with the landowner.
The coins, which showed no sign of wear, dated the burial to between AD650 and AD675.
Tim Pestell, senior curator of archaeology at Norfolk Museums service, which is to begin fundraising to acquire the items, said: “This is one of those rare finds which really does rewrite history: a burial of the highest stature, in a part of Norfolk where we would not have expected to find it, with objects imported from the continent and which connect her to finds at other sites. “The garnet work is of the highest quality – not quite as good as Sutton Hoo, which stands alone, but certainly comparable to the Staffordshire hoard.” Work continues at the site, which has been identified as a cemetery, possibly with a nearby settlement, evidence of which has been almost obliterated by centuries of farming.
Wil it be okay some time if I come to America and start digging up all the Presidents and Hollywood actors for their treasure?
I have excavated numerous such sites, all ancient and except for the reasons stated above, cannot imagine why I would excavate anything other than ancient. Personally, “social acceptability” is not an issue with me - the law and professional ethics are.
EDIT: May you furnish me with the response that the future proved I know you are capable of (hahahaha). That's the cool thing about having an editing window.
originally posted by: Revolution9
a reply to: Revolution9
... I would say most of the treasure we find, the little pots of gold, are graves. People do not "lose" and "misplace" treasure like that, not in any age. It is the lie we are told to make it socially more acceptable.