Britain is in the middle of a treasure hunting boom

Started by gash, March 19, 2017, 10:40:01 pm

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BRITAIN is turning into a nation of treasure hunters. In both 2014 and 2015 there were over 1,000 reported "treasure finds", the most since records began. (The figures exclude Scotland, which keeps track of its own loot.) Two-thirds of the finds dated from before 1500, including a smattering from the Bronze Age. The rise in the number of discoveries reflects a growing interest in tramping around in muddy fields with metal detectors. But legal changes may also be playing a part.

Not all regions of Britain are equally well endowed with treasure, whose complex legal definition refers to a find's age, size and metallic composition. Norfolk has long been the place to look: in 2012-15 it accounted for a tenth of all English finds.

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