Skip to comments.British Museum says metal detectorists found 1,311 treasures last year
Posted on 05/16/2020 10:30:07 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Take the Roman Britain coin, known as a radiate, found in Headbourne Worthy, Hampshire. "On the face of it, it looks a grotty old coin, which it is, I guess," said Lewis.
But it helps tell the story of Carausius who declared himself emperor of Britain and northern Gaul between AD286-93, breaking away from the Roman empire. He was assassinated by his treasurer Allectus.
The newly found coin is just one from an astonishing variety of nearly 4,000 which were struck during Carausius' reign.
Other finds include a pure gold arm ring weighing 300g and dating from the eighth century AD which was found at St Bees, Cumbria.
It has shallow punched dots as decoration and is similar to rings found in County Donegal in Ireland and Buckinghamshire. It has noticeable wear, suggesting it was frequently worn by the wealthy person who owned it.
In Lenham, Kent, a detectorist discovered a hoard of iron age drinking vessels which include a particularly rare bucket decorated with hippocamps - creatures with the head of a horse and a fish-like tail.
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Has Rome asked for the return of these artifacts?
Uh, “metal detectorists”? There’s an ideology called metal detectorism?
Maybe it’s like the TV detector vans that they use to extract money from taxpayers to fund the BBC.
That whole TV license thing is state extortion.
I think the UK metal detecting rules are great.
Promotes folks out there searching for stuff.
Cool stuff gets found.
If it is not of interest to the government museums, the detectorist gets to keep it. I imagine they make a deal with the landowner first - or maybe there is a law on the split.
Hmm - what is the deal on public lands?
And, if the government thinks the find is historically of interest - they pay the detectorist a fair price.
My wife got me a decent metal detector years ago. It hasn’t received much use, except I did find a phone dropped in the woods by a friend. Most public parks and stuff you can’t use them.
I lot better then here where the government just steals the finds.
They would rather leave lay in the ground.
If it is gold, it always is of historical significance...
It’s goobermint grift.
They could use ground-penetrating radar, too.
Ground Penetrating Radar For The Masses - Hackaday
journalism school teaches them that any noun can be verb-ed.
And any word can be made up if it sounds correct.
Oh yes; that’s right. That’s how “gave” suddenly got turned into the new meaning of “gifted” (old meaning: “talented”, new meaning: “gave a gift”).
I am guessing that all this treasure were from people running for their lives and they buried it hoping to come back later to retrieve it. They never did so you can guess their violent fate.
If a trove, perhaps; most of these are single find apparently, lots of brooches, which were used well into fairly recent times to fasten clothing together at the shoulder.
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