In it for the ‘buzz’: Why I go treasure hunting
More treasure was discovered by members of the public in 2016 than ever before and almost all of it was unearthed by metal-detector users, whose hobby has found small screen fame in BBC comedy, Detectorists.
“It’s a real buzz when you’re getting good signals,” says Brian Read, 78.
“It can of course turn out to be lead.”
For some it may seem an unlikely hobby; scouring the land for forgotten bits of metal with a pair of headphones on.
But 1,120 treasure discoveries were made by the public in 2016 – the highest annual figure since the Treasure Act came into law 20 years ago.
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