A tale of treasure hunters and the secret past of a 500-year-old jewel

Started by gash, June 13, 2017, 03:54:40 pm

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Thirty Two years ago, one of Britain's finest-ever archaeological discoveries, the Middleham Jewel, was found by treasure hunters.

With a value estimated at up to £5m, it lay undiscovered for 500 years by a footpath in a field near Middleham Castle, the northern home of Richard III.

In September 1985, antiques dealer Ted Seaton, along with two other enthusiasts, was returning to his car as dusk fell, when his metal detector started buzzing.

Digging by torchlight, he came across what he thought was a woman's compact.Back home in Barnard Castle, he realised he had made an astounding discovery - a centuries- old piece of gold jewellery.
Earning the finders and owners of the field a small fortune, it was the start of a drama which made headlines around the world.

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