Lincolnshire: Viking gold, a 16th Century ring, and a rude knife handle

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Lincolnshire: Viking gold, a 16th Century ring, and a rude knife handle are among county's amazing treasure finds

Wide open fields and regular ploughing means that Lincolnshire is ranked as the fourth best place for treasure hunting in England.

In the past three years, there has been an average of 59 finds a year declared as treasure by the coroner, compared to 116 in Norfolk, 71 in Essex and 65 in Suffolk.

Mr Kelway, 65, said ploughing means that new treasure can often be spotted in Lincolnshire fields without a metal detector "eyes only".

He said: "This side of the country is arable and 90 per cent of the land is under the plough.

"If the ploughman goes just half an inch deeper than normal then new stuff can be brought to the surface.

"Coins sitting on their edge can turn, giving a stronger detector signal.

"The rarest thing I have found was an Anglo-Saxon silver pyramid sword mount in a field near Market Rasen, the sort of thing hardly ever found outside of Kent.

"There were three ancient ridings that met near Market Rasen and this was possibly a meeting place for kings."

Mr Wormsley, 45, who lives at Eastville, near Spilsby, said the appeal of metal detecting is that you never know what you might find.

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