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  • Ancient coins worth more than £1 million found buried in lead bucket in farmer's field

    01/02/2015 3:06:59 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Daily Record UK ^ | Thursday, January 1, 2015 | Jack Evans
    Amateur treasure hunters armed with metal detectors unearthed the rare Anglo Saxon coins near Aylesbury, Bucks., during a Christmas dig. The stunning find is one of the most significant in Britain in recent years, say experts. The perfectly preserved pieces, which feature the faces of Anglo Saxon kings, were in a lead bucket which was buried two feet underground. The extremely rare coins could be worth more than £1million and Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club leader Pete Welch said the find was "very significant". Pete, 56, said: "...It looks like only two people have handled these coins. The person who made...
  • Amateur archaeologists unearth Viking gold

    05/05/2014 1:53:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Copenhagen Post ^ | April 29, 2014 | AJ
    Unique samples were among the 250 ancient coins found in Bornholm After hours of searching through the mud with metal detectors, amateur archaeologists Frank Pelle and Bent Gregersen made the discovery of their lives on a ploughed field in Bornholm earlier in April. The two lucky gold-diggers found an ancient Viking gold treasure hidden in the ground. "It was an amazing feeling, for we had searched for hundreds of hours without luck," Pelle told Ekstra Bladet. Thousand-year-old treasure After studying x-rays of collected earth samples, Bornholms Museum, the local archaeological museum, estimated that the treasure of 250 gold and silver...
  • Sheperdswell metal detector Greg Sweetman finds valuable Anglo-Saxon artefacts

    03/02/2014 10:28:27 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Kent online ^ | March 03 2014 | by Emily Stott
    A rare collection of Saxon artefacts has been found by a man from east Kent. The Anglo-Saxon findings could be part of a grave date back to the sixth century and are said to be worth more than £40,000. Two Saxon pins, part of a buckle or belt and seven brooches were found on land next to the A20 towards Maidstone. Greg Sweetman, of Westcourt Lane, Shepherdswell, was the first person to find one of the brooches when metal detecting. Mr Sweetman, 40, said that he was very lucky to find something so rare. He said: "It's a day I...
  • Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Roman Gold Hoard

    02/22/2014 10:07:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    German archaeologists have recovered a find of over a million euros worth of Roman gold and silver jewellery from an amateur treasure hunter who dug it up illegally in a forest. The unnamed treasure seeker came across the buried treasure, estimated to be worth more than €1 million, while searching a wooded area in southern Rhineland-Palatinate with a metal detector. The trove includes a number of leaf-shaped solid gold brooches which are thought to have formed part of the decorations from a coat of high office which once belonged a very important Roman ruler. They date from the late antiquity...
  • Fairbanks duo find more than metal with detectors

    10/29/2013 6:27:16 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 6 replies
    NewsMiner ^ | October 28, 2013 | Kris Capps
    FAIRBANKS - A couple of buddies with metal detectors made a surprising find recently that led them on an unexpected and fulfilling journey of discovery. Fairbanksans Daniel Camacho and James Fassotte spend hours with metal detectors, looking for hidden treasures in remote locations. Their favorite spot, up the Steese Highway, will remain their secret. Like special berry-picking patches, its not information they particularly want to share. The two friends usually find items like coins, old ammunition, even a 1948 Revlon lipstick case. But last week, they found a military dog tag. It was an exciting discovery. “I heard his metal...
  • Viking gold discovered by amateur with metal detector in Co Down

    06/27/2013 8:28:41 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 26 replies
    belfast Telegraph ^ | 27 June 2013
    Viking gold ingot which was found at Brickland, Co. Down and dates to the later ninth/tenth century. Sean Barden/Armagh County Museum A rare piece of Viking gold dating back more than a thousand years was discovered by an amateur with a metal detector in Northern Ireland, it was revealed. Tom Crawford was pursuing his hobby in farmland in Co Down last year when he found the small but precious ingot, which may have been used as currency during the 9th and 10th centuries. It is one of only a few nuggets known from Ireland, experts said. Mr Crawford also uncovered...
  • Danish teenager makes rare Viking-era find with metal detector

    05/17/2013 4:30:09 PM PDT · by Doogle · 26 replies
    FOX NEWS ^ | 05/16/13 | AP via FOX
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Danish museum officials say that an archaeological dig last year has revealed 365 items from the Viking era, including 60 rare coins. Danish National Museum spokesman Jens Christian Moesgaard says the coins have a distinctive cross motif attributed to Norse King Harald Bluetooth, who is believed to have brought Christianity to Norway and Denmark. Sixteen-year-old Michael Stokbro Larsen found the coins and other items with a metal detector in a field in northern Denmark.
  • German battlefield yields Roman surprises

    05/13/2013 6:09:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    CNN ^ | 2009 | unattributed
    Archaeologists have found more than 600 relics from a huge battle between a Roman army and Barbarians in the third century, long after historians believed Rome had given up control of northern Germany. "We have to write our history books new, because what we thought was that the activities of the Romans ended at nine or 10 (years) after Christ," said Lutz Stratmann, science minister for the German state of Lower Saxony. "Now we know that it must be 200 or 250 after that." For weeks, archeologist Petra Loenne and her team have been searching this area with metal detectors,...
  • Civil War Ring Returned to Owner's Family

    04/13/2013 7:26:44 PM PDT · by rockrr · 19 replies
    United Press International ^ | April 10, 2013 | Staff
    FREDERICKSBURG, Va., April 10 (UPI) -- A Virginia man who found a silver ring engraved with the name a Civil War soldier said he spent seven years tracking down the owner's family. John Blue of Manassas, who has been hunting Civil War relics for 30 years, said he found the ring engraved with the name of union soldier Levi Schlegel at a Fredericksburg construction site and decided to return the $1,500 relic to Schlegel's family, WUSA-TV, Washington, reported Wednesday. "I wanted to set an example. I've never heard of an ID piece going back to an original family member," Blue...
  • Amateur with metal detector finds 1,600-year-old royal ring

    03/30/2013 5:04:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | Mar 28, 2013
    <p>Did this intricate piece of sapphire, gold and glass belong to the King of France, some 1,600 years ago?</p> <p>A group of archaeologist met at the Yorkshire Museum in England last week to discuss the Escrick Ring, an intricately worked gold ring surrounding a brilliant blue sapphire discovered in 2009 by an amateur metal-detector enthusiast.</p>
  • Need Help Finding Good Metal Detector

    03/09/2013 5:12:05 PM PST · by The Louiswu · 37 replies
    Me ^ | 3/9/2013 | The Louiswu
    Hi - My wife has said she would like a metal detector for her birthday in late April. I know nothing about them and would like some help so I can get her a really good one. I am willing to spend a few hundred dollars for one if that is what it takes, but I want one that will do a good job locating objects and is good quality. Thanks in advance!
  • Want to find his hidden treasure worth millions? Head outdoors

    02/27/2013 6:12:31 PM PST · by Daffynition · 59 replies ^ | 2/27/13 | Erika Angulo
    A New Mexico multimillionaire wants you to get off the couch and go searching for hidden treasure. Forrest Fenn, 82, believes too many Americans spend their free time watching TV or playing video games. He hopes the bounty he hid — a chest filled with millions of dollars in gold coins, diamonds and emeralds, among other gems — will prompt some to explore the outdoors. "Get your kids out in the countryside, take them fishing and get them away from their little hand-held machines," he told TODAY.
  • Gold nugget found near Ballarat[Australia- 12 pounds]

    01/17/2013 9:45:27 AM PST · by Theoria · 21 replies
    The Courier ^ | 17 Jan 2013 | Dellaram Vreeland
    A MASSIVE gold nugget that could be worth upwards of half a million dollars has been unearthed in Ballarat. See your ad here The nugget, weighing slightly more than five kilograms (177 ounces), was discovered by a local prospector on Wednesday morning, who rushed it to the Ballarat Mining Exchange Gold Shop. The exact location and the identity of the lucky prospector remain secret, but gold shop owner Cordell Kent said the nugget was found within 30 kilometres of the Ballarat CBD. It was found about 60 centimetres below the surface, with the prospector using a state-of-the-art detector worth more...
  • Oak Lake waters recede, revealing guns

    01/14/2013 12:32:50 PM PST · by posterchild · 27 replies
    Lincoln Journal Star ^ | Jan 14, 2013 | Nicholas Bergin
    As the worst drought since 1956 gripped the nation last year, lakes and ponds slowly receded, revealing decades worth of dropped and discarded fishing tackle, pop cans and all sorts of flotsam. At Oak Lake in Lincoln, the debris included at least two guns. A person walking along the edge of the lake last summer spied a suspicious item and called Lincoln police, who found a handgun rusted beyond recognition. “That thing could have been in there for 50 years for all we know,” said Sgt. Ben Miller. After that gun turned up, officers Kevin Hinton and Jen Mullendore couldn’t...
  • Dug out of the Thames mud, a token Romans used to pay for their pleasure

    01/16/2012 7:09:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 45 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012 | Eleanor Harding
    Made from bronze and smaller than a ten pence piece, the coin depicts a man and a woman engaged in an intimate act. Historians believe it is the first example of a Roman brothel token to be found in this country. It lay hidden in mud for almost 2,000 years until it was unearthed by an amateur archaeologist with a metal detector. On the reverse of the token is the numeral XIIII, which experts say could indicate the holder handed over 14 small Roman coins called asses to buy it. This would have been the equivalent of seven loaves of...
  • Coins from 17AD found under Jerusalem's Western Wall hints sacred site NOT built by Herod

    11/26/2011 3:24:42 AM PST · by Renfield · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11-25-2011 | Rob Waugh
    The history of one of the world's holiest sites - sacred to both Jews and Muslims - is set to be rewritten, following a surprise discovery in a ritual bath beneath the complex. It proves that the Wall - supposedly built by Herod, the Jewish king who features prominently in the Gospels, was in fact built much later. Newly found coins underneath Jerusalem’s Western Wall could change the accepted belief about the construction of one of the world’s most sacred sites two millennia ago, Israeli archaeologists said Wednesday....
  • Precious gold and ruby ring found in field

    11/26/2011 7:13:06 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies
    thestar ^ | 7 November 2011
    A METAL detection enthusiast scouring the South Yorkshire soil unearthed a 14th century gold ring studded with a ruby and an emerald, an inquest heard. Metal finishing plant worker Paul McEvoy, aged 44, found the medieval finger ring just six inches beneath the surface . He had been using his metal detector to search a stubble field in Thurcroft, near Rotherham. Mr McEvoy, from Dinnington, told the Rotherham hearing: “I thought I had dug up a squash bottle top but it turned out to be a ring.” He said on the day of his discovery he had been metal detecting...
  • Detectors out to track Somerset man's lost wedding ring

    11/26/2011 6:53:23 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 8 replies
    thisissomerset ^ | November 03, 2011
    A MARRIED man who feared he had lost his cherished wedding ring has been reunited with the golden band after it was found by a newly-formed metal detector club. Edward Trendell, 64, of Hambridge, near Langport, was walking his dog in the fields behind his home last weekend but when returned home he discovered he had lost his ring. Despite the ring being a thick golden band neither he nor Marilyn, his wife of 37 years, could find it in the long grass. Mr Trendell then learnt of the Somerset Artifact Seekers metal detector club in a chance conversation with...
  • 3,000 Roman 3rd Century coins found in Montgomery field

    07/28/2011 8:31:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | unattributed
    ...The hoard of copper alloy coins, dating from the 3rd Century, was unearthed in Montgomery, Powys, several weeks ago. About 900 were found by a member of a Welshpool metal detecting club, with the rest of the discovery made with help from archaeologists. The exact location is being kept secret to protect the site. The Powys coroner will determine whether they qualify as treasure. Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT), which helped unearth the coins, said the discovery had the potential to reveal more about Roman life in mid Wales in the late 3rd Century. The find in Montgomery is a few...
  • How Metal Detectors Work

    02/12/2011 7:23:41 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 12 replies ^ | N/A | by Jeff Tyson
    Mention the words metal detector and you'll get completely different reactions from different people. For instance, some people think of combing a beach in search of coins or buried treasure. Other people think of airport security, or the handheld scanners at a concert or sporting event. The fact is that all of these scenarios are valid. Metal-detector technology is a huge part of our lives, with a range of uses that spans from leisure to work to safety. The metal detectors in airports, office buildings, schools, government agencies and prisons help ensure that no one is bringing a weapon onto...
  • Mendham dig yields Revolutionary War artifacts[NJ]

    09/10/2009 3:02:21 PM PDT · by BGHater · 12 replies · 782+ views
    The Star-Ledger ^ | 09 Sep 2009 | Dan Goldberg
    MENDHAM -- Rick Pressl burst into the board of trustees meeting, a boyish exuberance overcoming his normally reserved temperament. The retired fire chief pulled aside Tanya Sulikowski, the executive director of the Schiff Natural Lands Trust, to show off a rusty, barely recognizable object. It was a Revolutionary War era stirrup, Pressl said, his first major find while excavating the nature preserve. He would soon have much more to show the board. Photo by Hilary Klimek/For the Star-LedgerRick Pressl, a retired fire chief, and students from Ridge High School have unearthed Revolutionary War era memorabilia in Mendham, including a set...
  • Recent discovery of a Roman Coin Hoard in the Shrewsbury Area[UK][10K Coins]

    09/10/2009 8:45:56 AM PDT · by BGHater · 31 replies · 1,325+ views
    Finds ^ | 07 Sep 2009 | Daniel Pett
    A very large and important find of a hoard of Roman coins was recently discovered by a novice metal detector user in the Shrewsbury area. This is probably one of the largest coin hoards ever discovered in Shropshire. The finder, Mr Nic. Davies, bought his first metal detector a month ago and this is his first find made with it. The hoard was discovered close to a public bridleway on land that Mr Davies did not have permission to detect on. All land is owned by someone and it is important that permission to search is obtained in advance. The...
  • Viking silver treasure hoard worth £1m unearthed after 1,000 years[UK]

    08/28/2009 10:16:13 AM PDT · by BGHater · 15 replies · 1,299+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 28 Aug 2009 | Daily Mail
    An impressive Viking hoard of jewellery has made a father and son metal-detector team £1m, after being bought by two British museums. The find, which is the 'largest and most important' since 1840, was found in a field in Harrogate, North Yorkshire in January 2007. It had been buried there for more than 1,000 years. Valued at £1,082,000, the hoard was purchased by the British Museum and the York Museum Trust after two years of fundraising. The highlight of the collection is an intricately carved silver cup, estimated to be worth more than £200,000. It contains 617coins and various silver...
  • The beep that made me leap: Housewife discovers £250,000 gold treasure after seven years

    06/27/2009 4:22:12 PM PDT · by BGHater · 9 replies · 1,018+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 24 June 2009 | Dalya Alberge
    After seven years of combing fields and beaches with a metal detector, the only thing housewife Mary Hannaby had to show for her hobby was an old dental plate. But all those efforts paid off when her first proper find turned out to be a 15th-century gold treasure valued at £250,000 or more. The find is thought to be part of a high-quality reliquary or pendant, and depicts the Holy Trinity. Mrs Hannaby, 57, from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, heard her metal detector's tell-tale beep while out on one of her regular six-hour Sunday detecting walks with her son, woodcarver Michael,...
  • Moorpark man finds gold nugget worth $10,000[CA]

    05/29/2009 12:28:04 PM PDT · by BGHater · 37 replies · 3,097+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 28 Mar 2009 | Karen Hibdon
    After seven years spent prospecting for gold as a hobby in the California desert, Terry Hughes of Moorpark hit the mother lode. On Memorial Day, the former Marine and disabled Vietnam veteran scored a “one-in-a-million” find: an 8.7-ounce gold nugget worth an estimated $10,000. “We’re all hoping to find the big one and Terry did,” said Patrick Keene, co-owner of Keene Engineering, reportedly one of the world’s largest suppliers of portable mining equipment. A nugget that big — about the size of an egg — is “extremely rare,” Keene said. Hughes purchased all his mining equipment from the Chatsworth company,...
  • 3,000 year-old bracelet found in Tyrone field[Northern Ireland]

    04/20/2009 10:14:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 21 replies · 1,037+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 16 Apr 2009 | Belfast Telegraph
    A County Tyrone family could be in line for a reward after finding a rare Bronze Age gold bracelet on their land. Farmer Gary Sproule accidentally unearthed the precious artefact while ploughing over a field at Castlegore near Castlederg last April. The intricate item is believed to date from almost 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. An inquest was held yesterday in Belfast at which the item, which would have belonged to an important warrior or priest, was officially classified as treasure. Under the law, a ‘treasure trove’ inquest must be held by the coroner to determine the significance...
  • Prehistoric gold coins found in Suffolk[UK]

    01/18/2009 2:24:46 PM PST · by BGHater · 21 replies · 1,028+ views
    EDP 24 ^ | 17 Jan 2009 | EDP 24
    The largest hoard of prehistoric gold coins in Britain in modern times has been discovered by a metal detectorist in Suffolk, it emerged today. The collection of 824 gold staters was found in a broken pottery jar buried in a field near Wickham Market. Jude Plouviez, of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, said the coins dated from 40BC to AD15 and were thought to have been minted by predecessors of Boudicca - the Iceni Queen who spearheaded a revolt against occupying Roman forces. Their value when in circulation had been estimated at a modern equivalent of between £500,000 and...
  • Major Roman coins find at Petworth[UK]

    12/23/2008 8:49:08 AM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 592+ views
    Midhurst and Petworth Observer ^ | 22 Dec 2008 | Midhurst and Petworth Observer
    An important discovery of more than 100 Roman coins has left archaeologists wondering whether Petworth has more to do with the Romans than first thought. The 103 coins, which equate to a third of a year's wages for a Roman soldier, were found on farmland in the area on November 24. Experts have previously believed Petworth to have been little affected by the Romans, but the discovery of the silver coins could mean there were wealthy people living there. The coins date from the third and second century BC to the Hadrian period of 132 to 148AD. Sussex Archaeological Society...
  • Ancient Celtic coin cache found in Netherlands

    11/13/2008 4:24:58 PM PST · by BGHater · 14 replies · 721+ views
    AP ^ | 13 Nov 2008 | AP
    A hobbyist with a metal detector struck both gold and silver when he uncovered an important cache of ancient Celtic coins in a cornfield in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht. "It's exciting, like a little boy's dream," Paul Curfs, 47, said Thursday after the spectacular find was made public. Archaeologists say the trove of 39 gold and 70 silver coins was minted in the middle of the first century B.C. as the future Roman ruler Julius Caesar led a campaign against Celtic tribes in the area. Curfs said he was walking with his detector this spring and was about...
  • 700-year-old coins found in field[UK]

    11/10/2008 11:57:47 AM PST · by BGHater · 10 replies · 130+ views
    BBC ^ | 10 Nov 2008 | BBC
    Three 700-year-old coins which were found in a field have been declared treasure by a coroner at Flint. The silver pennies date back to between 1307 and 1314, to the reigns of both Edward I and his son Edward II. Archaeology enthusiast Peter Jones, from Holywell, found a coin in 2006, then returned to the same spot a year later, when the other two were found. The coins were analysed by experts at Cardiff's National Museum of Wales who discovered they were 90% silver. Mr Jones regularly scours a field owned by his friend Ron Davies, for pre-historic items. He...
  • Coin found by Wrexham pensioner is 2,000 years old[UK]

    09/16/2008 6:39:52 AM PDT · by BGHater · 18 replies · 416+ views
    Evening Leader ^ | 16 Sep 2008 | Evening Leader
    A ROMAN coin unearthed by a Wrexham metal detecting enthusiast has been confirmed as one of the oldest ever found in Wales. Retired butcher Roy Page, 69, of Coedpoeth, found the detailed 2,000-year-old coin on a farm near St Asaph when he went on a search there with the Mold-based Historical Search Society earlier this year. Roy gave the tiny silver coin, which depicts two horses being driven by a man on a chariot, to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), who have recently confirmed the specific date that it was made. It is believed to have been brought over some...