A plumber from the Isle of Sheppey has struck gold in a field owned by a Russian princess.

Ashley Wilson has been venturing out to fields with his metal detector for six years, but made the find of his life last August when he discovered a Roman amulet from the 2nd century AD.

The 30-year-old said: “If I start finding them every week that’d be pretty nice.”

A special treasure inquest today was held at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone to hear more about the find.

Assistant coroner Sonia Hayes told Mr Wilson the amulet, known as a Bracteate, dated back to the Roman era and was made from gold.

The amulet bears an “evil eye” in the middle, which is being attacked by a scorpion, a dog, an elephant and a bird.

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