Skip to comments.Yorkshire treasure stash unearthed after 1,000 years
Posted on 06/17/2009 12:40:19 PM PDT by BGHater
MORE than a thousand years ago a Saxon thief, desperate to hide his plunder, stashed a hoard of stolen gold in what is today a nondescript West Yorkshire field. What became of the thief is lost to the ages and his precious loot lay safely buried in that same field for the next millennium.
There it remained until a treasure hunter, out with his trusty metal detector last year, experienced the moment he will never forget when he unearthed the amazing find on the farmland near Leeds.
Archaeological experts say they believe the three gold rings, half a gold ingot and part of a brooch date from the 9th-11th century.
A treasure trove inquest at Wakefield heard that the finder, who did not wish to be named, had been in the field on September14 last year and had found the broken ingot using his metal detector.
He returned home, but went back to the same field the next day where he found the three rings and section of brooch.
After the inquest, he told the YEP that a valuer said the haul could have a market value of up to £100,000.
He said: "I've been metal detecting for a few years and it's something I'll never ever forget. This is the sort of thing you don't ever believe will happen."
West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff declared the find treasure at the inquest.
The actual location of the field remains a closely guarded secret. But Helen Gomersall, senior archaeologist with the West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service said: "It's only speculation but one theory is that this may have been a thief's stash.
"He may have kept going back to it and have been living comfortably off the proceeds for some time before he died."
She said the broken ingot might suggest bits had been cut from it. The treasure will now be assessed by experts at the British Museum who may wish to acquire it for display.
The finder may also receive a fee.
Mr Hinchliff told him: "It must have been one of those moments which you will remember for the rest of your life."
A Cabachon ring, part of the hoard
A Cloisenne piece
A Saxon ingot
Does government understand things like motive and incentive?
Thats like $10 million US in 4 years, or enough to buy a loaf of bread
Ooo la la!
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
The pudding tasted like it just emerged from the oven, and the terrier was as yippy and annoying as any bred today.
I thought they paid well so people would make it available rather than just sell it.
As the pieces don’t look very fine, it would be very tempting just to melt them down, especially if the finder gets as little as you say.
Govt takes treasure trove, but pays for it. It’s not as bad as all that.
That way this stuff ends up in Museums.
Lol. You sound like Indiana Jones.
LOL, yes. sorry about that!
Mmmmmmmm........Yorkshire Pudding. My favorite.
***Mmmmmmmm........Yorkshire Pudding. My favorite.***
Yum. With butter and home made beef gravy.
Haven’t had it for decades.
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Actually the UK government has a very good system for compensation of found treasure. I’m not sure of the details, but my husband knows, and maybe I can get him to clarify later.
That's the smart way, if they ever want to have artifacts actually turned in for scholarly study or display. It'd be smart too, to make the price for an artifact to be significantly -more- than the commodity price for the metals, to keep people from just melting stuff down and selling it privately.
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