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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Yorkshire Museum buys rare sapphire ring

A rare sapphire ring, discovered by a metal detector enthusiast, has been bought by the Yorkshire Museum.

The museum has raised £35,000 to purchase the piece of jewellery, which archaeologists described as a "spectacular" find.

The ring, found near York and measuring 2.5cm across, could have been made as early as the 7th Century.


3,000 Roman 3rd Century coins found

More than 3,000 Roman coins have been discovered in a field, it has emerged.
The hoard of copper alloy coins, dating from the 3rd Century, was unearthed in Montgomery, Powys, several weeks ago.
About 900 were found by a member of a Welshpool metal detecting club, with the rest of the discovery made with help from archaeologists.
The exact location is being kept secret to protect the site. The Powys coroner will determine whether they qualify as treasure.
Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT), which helped unearth the coins, said the discovery had the potential to reveal more about Roman life in mid Wales in the late 3rd Century.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Northampton archaeologists find man who could be 1,600-years-old

ARCHAEOLOGISTS from Northampton have discovered human remains which could be more than 1,600 years old.
The team from Northamptonshire Archaeology discovered the remains of a man while they were carrying out investigations on a building site.
A small piece of pottery found alongside the crouched skeleton was used to date the burial to somewhere between the years 43 and 410 – suggesting the body is Roman.
Archaeologist Andy Chapman said: “It was a very interesting find.
“There’s a Bronze Age barrow next to where we found the remains so it looks like the Romans just came along 2,000 years later and buried this man right next to it.
“It was a really interesting site for our team to work on.”

Friday, 22 July 2011

Off the Clock: Hole in the ground stirs emotions (USA)

You wouldn’t think a simple hole in the ground would stir strong emotions, but one here in Carthage certainly has.

Several weeks ago, a rural Carthage couple with a passion for metal detecting was granted permission to use their detector in a Carthage park.

What they found was fascinating in its historical context. It stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy and has led to a proposed city ordinance.

We here at The Carthage Press haven’t been able to talk to the couple, but they took their find to Steve Weldon, director of the Jasper County Records Center, who told us what they found and gave his opinion about what it showed.


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

City museum celebrates 125th birthday

THE GROSVENOR Museum in Chester is celebrating its 125th birthday next month. 

The museum was founded by two leading societies in Victorian Chester, the Chester Archaeological Society and the Chester Society for Natural Sciences. 

Built on a plot of land donated by the Duke of Westminster and paid for by the people of Chester, the museum first opened its doors to the public on August 9 1886 and delighted visitors with displays of natural history, archaeology and art. 

Over the past 125 years the displays and collections have steadily been added and the Grosvenor Museum now holds nationally important collections which are enjoyed by many thousands of visitors each year. 

On Saturday August 6, in advance of the birthday celebrations, the museum is hosting a special day in partnership with the Chester Archaeological Society, looking at 125 years of archaeological discovery in Chester. 

There will be contributions from leading experts in the field on subjects including major local excavations, the amphitheatre and the city walls. 

Tickets are £4 – £3 for members of the Chester Archaeological Society – and include tea or coffee. On August 9 there will be a special event when visitors will meet Roman soldiers and Victorian antiquarians as well as joining in with games and festivities to celebrate the museum’s birthday. The drop-in event will run from 
11am to 4pm and is free of charge. 

For further information, or to book tickets, please call the museum shop on 01244 402005.

Great video on Metal Detecting

Many of you will know that I am a moderator on a Metal Detecting Forum called UkDetectorNet. Well there is a fellow Moderator which I refer to as Barney, as we are both called Steve. He has made some super videos. Here's his latest, which I thought I'd share. Super work mate!!

Tebay Roman Fort dig to be opened to public

A COMMUNITY archaeology group is planning an open day at the Tebay Roman Fort dig.

Lunesdale Archaeology Society, supported by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, are looking forward to welcoming members of the public to a free open day at Low Borrowbridge Farm in the Lune Gorge, south of Tebay.

The event, on Saturday July 30, 10am until 4pm, will be a rare chance to visit the Roman Fort, situated at Low Borrowbridge Farm just off the A685 on the Fairmile road.

The site of the fort is on private land which is not usually open to the public but for one day only the excavations and finds from the dig will be on public display.

The Roman road on which the fort was located would have followed the line of the M6 and London to Glasgow railway through the Lune Gorge. The fort was positioned in the centre of the valley on this strategic north/south route way to control trade and movement through the mountains nearly 2,000 years ago.


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Gold rush shipwreck offers up treasures off Welsh coast

Treasure hunters have recovered gold from a Victorian shipwreck which sunk off Anglesey while returning laden with riches from the Australian gold rush.

For more than 150 years it has lain tantalisingly close to the shore. Now the ship that sank in a storm in 1859, claiming 450 lives, is giving up its most precious secret: gold.
But this treasure trove is not in a distant tropical lagoon – it is near the Welsh ferry port of Holyhead, in the remains of an ironclad steam clipper called the Royal Charter.
A team of explorers diving to the ship, which sank off Anglesey while returning laden with riches from the Australian gold rush of the 1850s, has brought gold coins and nuggets to the surface and expects to retrieve more.

Monday, 18 July 2011

We really dig this festival!

From Roman villa remains to Iron Age treasure – Leicestershire is leading the way in a national festival of archaeology.
Out of 600 events taking place nationally for the Festival of British Archaeology, 70 are happening in Leicestershire – that is more than in the whole of Wales.

Monday, 11 July 2011

Florida divers find new treasure from famed wreck

KEY WEST, Florida - Divers in the Florida Keys have recovered a large emerald ring and two silver spoons believed to come from Nuestra Senora de Atocha, a shipwrecked Spanish galleon that has already yielded one of the greatest treasures ever recovered from the sea.
Employees of Mel Fisher's Treasure, the salvage company that has worked the shipwreck site since 1969, believe the latest haul signals they are close to finding the sterncastle, a key missing portion of the ship.
"The sterncastle is where the clergy and elite were with their personal items," said Sean Fisher, spokesman for the family business and grandson of its late founder, Mel Fisher.
The Atocha was headed back to Spain with a load of gold and silver from the New World when it sank and broke up in a hurricane not far from Key West in September 1622.
After a 16-year-search, Mel Fisher and his crew found the "mother lode" of the shipwreck in September 1985. They hauled up more than 40 tonnes of gold and silver, including more than 100,000 Spanish silver coins known as "Pieces of Eight," along with Colombian emeralds and other artifacts. The company estimated its worth at nearly $500 million.
Since then, Sean Fisher said the crew has made many other discoveries within a ten-mile (16-km) spread of the original site, and in a straight line.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

A friends Roman Buckle

I was delighted this week to see first hand a friends copper alloy buckle frame with horse terminals. Typically dating to the 4th and 5th centuries AD.

Reverse is flat and plain. The front has a raised border around the frame, and the horses heads are plain.

Suspected to be a development of the earlier dolphin buckles and appear to be a british style, with very few found on the continent. A similiar example to this one can be found in Appels and Laycock "Roman Buckles and Military Fittings", page 209, fig. SL8,13.

A Cut Half of Henry III

It won’t come of surprise to anybody who reads my posts on UKDN, to know that I have a real interest in early hammereds, and a particular interest in the different cut variations. Maybe it is my inquisitive mind, or the detective work required in dating them and allocating classes, who knows? However I’ll say straight away, I don’t profess to be an expert, but thanks to a lot of reading, my knowledge is building up on the subject.

This month a coin appeared on the forum for ID, and I was pleased to help. The coin was a Voided Long Cross Cut Penny – called this because of a ‘void’ in between the Long Cross on the Reverse. Just the shape of the cross, with the void, shouted out, I’m a Henry III, as no other monarchs (other than a small number from Edward 1) have issued this kind of coin.

So I knew I was looking at a Henry III, voided Long Cross Penny. Next was to see where it was minted and who minted it. Well upon looking at the reverse, I could see ONL VND – so I immediately knew it was London Mint. The only downside was that that the other half of the coin had the Moneyers name on it. How frustrating.

At this stage I looked at the Obverse again. The King's regnal number showed as TERCI and this only happened on Class 2 coins. The only other Class with TERCI, was Class 1, but that was on the Reverse. So I now knew I was looking at a Class 2 coin. The shape of the X in Rex narrowed the class further to a 2a. This class itself is one of the less common ones, so it was worth a look to see what Moneyers were around at this time.

To my delight my reference suggested that only Nicole minted coins in Class 2 for London. So even if the Moneyers name was on the other half of the coin, it was still possible to say confidently that it was a Henry III, Cut Voided Long Cross Penny, Moneyer Nicole of London, Class 2a.

Copyright Treasurehunterste 2011

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Silver bead is 'treasure of the crown'

PROSPECTING pensioners have discovered a large 16th Century silver bead which has been officially classed as treasure of the Crown.

South and east Cumbria coroner Ian Smith revealed husband-and-wife team Tony and Alison Phillips (below) found the trinket while metal detecting in a field at Crosthwaite.

The pair have spoken of their dismay at having to part with their rare find after it was handed to the British Museum.


Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Archaeology fun in Weston

ADULTS and youngsters alike will have the chance to delve into Britain’s past in a series of events taking place in Weston next weekend.

Among the events being organised as part of the Excitement of Discovery – the Many Aspects of Archaeology event on July 16 are Roman mosaic making, a guided hill fort walk and seminars by a series of experts.

A series of talks by leading local archaeologists will run from 9.45am-12.45pm at The Blakehay Theatre in Wadham Street.

A guided walk around Worlebury hillfort will start at 2.30pm from the water tower in Weston Woods, while a guided town walk around Weston sets off from the Blakehay at the same time.

And from 2-4pm youngsters will be able to have two hours of Roman fun at Weston Museum in Burlington Street, where they will be able to make a mosaic and meet a Roman soldier.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Hoard of Viking silver coins unearthed in Furness

A metal detectorist uncovered a Viking hoard of silver coins and artefacts in the Cumbrian countryside.

The collection, which has been provisionally valued at tens of thousands of pounds, was found in an undisclosed site in Furness.

It is being examined by experts at the British Museum and is expected to be declared as treasure.

Experts at Barrow's Dock Museum hope to acquire the hoard and said it was an exciting find for the area.

It consists of 92 silver coins and artefacts including ingots and a silver bracelet. Among the coins is a pair of Arabic dirhams.

Experts believe it is significant evidence of material culture of the 9th and 10th Century Vikings in the peninsula.