Buried treasure: record UK haul fuelled by rise in metal detectorists

More than 1,300 pieces of treasure were found in the UK during 2019 – the largest haul since records began – amid growing interest in metal detecting.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) annual report on treasure finds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland said there were more than 1,000 discoveries for a sixth year in a row.

The vast majority, 96%, were discovered by metal detecting. Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Essex and Hampshire were identified as hotspots for treasure with more than 80 pieces found in each county during 2019.

There are approximately 20,000 detectorists in England and Wales, and 348 of their discoveries were acquired by or donated to UK museums in 2019.

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Unearthed figurine ‘could be from Henry VIII’s crown’

A gold figurine found buried in a field could be an ornament from Henry VIII’s lost crown, according to the metal detectorist who discovered it.

The figure, depicting Henry VI, was found by Kevin Duckett in Northamptonshire in 2017.

After years of research, he now believes it once formed part of the Tudor king’s crown, a view shared by some experts.

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Ancient coins discovered in Roman ruins which were left by fleeing soldier

ANCIENT coins have been discovered by archaeologists in a Roman ruin, with experts stating that the treasure may have been left there by the owners who fled in an “emergency”

Experts have discovered a haul of ancient coins in Roman ruins in Serbia. Archaeologists excavating the area discovered 120 silver coins near to a coal mine in a cornfield in Kostolac. The site is thought to be the headquarters or principium of the VII Claudia Legion, a Roman military force which was stationed there.

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Roman silver coin collection found at Aizanoi

A rare collection of 651 silver coins belonging to the Roman period has been found in a jug during the ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Aizanoi, also known as the “Second Ephesus,” in the western province of Kütahya’s Çavdarhisar district.

Excavation and fieldwork in Aizanoi, which is home to the best-preserved Zeus Temple in Anatolia and was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List in 2012, is being carried out under the coordination of Pamukkale University’s Archeology Department.

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Unexplained excavations on a Scheduled Ancient Monument on the Sussex Downs 28/01/2021.

A scheduled monument is a site that’s legally protected because of its historical importance.
Scheduled monuments might be:
Archaeological sites, such as ancient burial mounds or more recent remains, such as from the coal industry or World War 2.
Scheduled monument consent is required for most works and other activities that physically affect a scheduled monument.
The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 defines ‘scheduled monuments’ (sites that warrant protection) and makes damage to and metal detecting on scheduled monuments a criminal offence.
Please see below for more details on their protection in law :
Please keep an eye out for our #Heritage and report #Heritagecrime at the time, please see guide below.
Thankyou, Daryl – Sussex Heritage.

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Rare coin identified in Viking Age hoard

During the autumn of 2020, a silver hoard was found by the company Arkeologerna, part of the National Historical Museums, at a Viking Age farm in Viggbyholm, north of Stockholm. Jens Christian Moesgaard, professor of numismatics at Stockholm University, was contacted to help archaeologists identify the coins.

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