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Yorkshire treasure stash unearthed after 1,000 years
Yorkshire Evening Post ^ | 17 June 2009 | Stuart Robinson

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


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: bahog; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; treasure; uk; yorkshire

1 posted on 06/17/2009 12:40:20 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: SunkenCiv

Bling Ping.


2 posted on 06/17/2009 12:41:11 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: BGHater
You find it. Government keeps it. You earn it, government takes it.

Does government understand things like motive and incentive?

£100,000

Thats like $10 million US in 4 years, or enough to buy a loaf of bread

3 posted on 06/17/2009 12:43:24 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: BGHater

Ooo la la!


4 posted on 06/17/2009 12:44:20 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: BGHater
He should heat the rings in a fire and see if this inscription is on the inside of one of them:

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.

5 posted on 06/17/2009 12:45:33 PM PDT by Mogollon (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. -- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: BGHater

The pudding tasted like it just emerged from the oven, and the terrier was as yippy and annoying as any bred today.


6 posted on 06/17/2009 12:58:03 PM PDT by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: BGHater
How do they know it was a Saxon thief? Isn't this profiling? After all, there were Angles, Jutes, Normans, Danes, Welsh and others living in Yorkshire at the time.
7 posted on 06/17/2009 12:58:16 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman
Or a thief. Lol. Perhaps a common, hiding his property from any form of Gov’t.
8 posted on 06/17/2009 12:59:51 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: BGHater
Here in the US, the metal detector digger keeps 100%. The US Dept of the Interior politicians have been trying for years to make it a crime to dig up artifacts and claim them for personal use. I believe the finder's fee in Britain is the equivalent of $100....
9 posted on 06/17/2009 12:59:54 PM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: vetvetdoug
No, they get compensated at a higher rate. Your right though, if it's deemed ‘treasure’, Gov’t takes.
10 posted on 06/17/2009 1:01:53 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: BGHater

I thought they paid well so people would make it available rather than just sell it.


11 posted on 06/17/2009 1:03:31 PM PDT by east1234 (It's the borders stupid! My new enviromentalist inspired tagline: cut, kill, dig and drill)
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To: vetvetdoug

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.


12 posted on 06/17/2009 1:03:52 PM PDT by heartwood
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To: BGHater

Govt takes treasure trove, but pays for it. It’s not as bad as all that.

That way this stuff ends up in Museums.


13 posted on 06/17/2009 1:04:44 PM PDT by agere_contra
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To: agere_contra

Lol. You sound like Indiana Jones.


14 posted on 06/17/2009 1:06:46 PM PDT by BGHater (Insanity is voting for Republicans and expecting Conservatism.)
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To: BGHater

LOL, yes. sorry about that!


15 posted on 06/17/2009 1:09:11 PM PDT by agere_contra
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To: Buck W.

Mmmmmmmm........Yorkshire Pudding. My favorite.


16 posted on 06/17/2009 1:20:00 PM PDT by EggsAckley (There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply. W.C. Fields)
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To: EggsAckley

***Mmmmmmmm........Yorkshire Pudding. My favorite.***

Yum. With butter and home made beef gravy.


17 posted on 06/17/2009 1:47:57 PM PDT by kitkat
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To: GeronL

Answer:NO!


18 posted on 06/17/2009 1:56:24 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: kitkat

Haven’t had it for decades.


19 posted on 06/17/2009 2:00:01 PM PDT by EggsAckley (There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply. W.C. Fields)
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20 posted on 06/17/2009 2:27:44 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: agere_contra; BGHater

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.


21 posted on 06/17/2009 3:51:31 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: stayathomemom
Treasure is the property of the Crown but you would be suitably recompensed for your find.
http://www.finds.org.uk/treasure/treasure_summary.php
22 posted on 06/17/2009 4:19:11 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (New tagline coming soon!)
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23 posted on 06/17/2009 4:28:26 PM PDT by Flashman_at_the_charge (New tagline coming soon!)
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To: stayathomemom
Actually the UK government has a very good system for compensation of found treasure.

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.

24 posted on 06/17/2009 4:35:59 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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