Rise of the detectorists: how to hunt for treasure

by Luke Higgins

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Tom Lucking lived up to his name in December 2014 when he and a fellow metal-detector enthusiast unearthed a hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure in a field near Diss in Norfolk. The treasure, the highlight of which was a spectacular gold pendant, proved to be worth £145,000, which Lucking, his co-discoverer Stuart Isaacs and the owner of the land where the find was made will share.

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Lucking’s lucky discovery was one of the highlights of the treasure report published this week, which details all the finds catalogued in 2016. It was a record-breaking year, with 1,120 treasure finds listed – the highest total since the Treasure Act was introduced in 1996. So, is this a golden age for detectorists, perhaps inspired by the award-winning BBC sitcom starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones, who play nerdy but loveable metal-detector obsessives?

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