In it for the ‘buzz’: Why I go treasure hunting

Started by gash, December 11, 2017, 04:54:16 pm

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More treasure was discovered by members of the public in 2016 than ever before and almost all of it was unearthed by metal-detector users, whose hobby has found small screen fame in BBC comedy, Detectorists.

"It's a real buzz when you're getting good signals," says Brian Read, 78.

"It can of course turn out to be lead."

For some it may seem an unlikely hobby; scouring the land for forgotten bits of metal with a pair of headphones on.

But 1,120 treasure discoveries were made by the public in 2016 - the highest annual figure since the Treasure Act came into law 20 years ago.

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