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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Appeal to keep Towton Iron Age treasure in Yorkshire

Appeal to keep Towton Iron Age treasure in Yorkshire An appeal has been launched to raise £60,000 to ensure two gold bracelets, thought to be the first gold Iron Age jewellery to be found in the north of England, can stay in Yorkshire. They were found by two metal detector enthusiasts in a stream near Towton, North Yorkshire, in 2010 and 2011. Before these finds, the furthest north such jewellery was found in England was in Newark, Yorkshire Museum said. The torcs have now gone on display at the Yorkshire Museum in York. The first of the bracelets, known as torcs, dated between 100 BC and 70 BC, was found in May 2010 by metal detector enthusiasts Andrew Green and Shaun Scott. The torc was later declared to be treasure by the North Yorkshire coroner.
Illegal metal detecting at Old Sarum POLICE are working with English Heritage to tackle illegal metal detecting at Old Sarum Castle. Over the last week, English Heritage has become aware of a number of incidents at the site where metal detectors have been used before offenders have dug up parts of the site, damaging sensitive archaeological deposits. A joint statement from Wiltshire Police and English Heritage said: “The castle is widely recognised as of national significance and is designated as a scheduled ancient monument. It is a hugely important community heritage asset, enjoyed and treasured by the citizens of Salisbury. “It is a criminal offence under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to both use a metal detector in a scheduled monument without the written consent of English Heritage, and to damage or destroy a scheduled monument.” Anyone with information or who witnesses people using metal detectors in this area is asked to contact PCSO Nicola Clark on 101. http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/9390713.Illegal_metal_detecting_at_Old_Sarum/
Gold rush as metal detectors battle over field of sovereigns METAL detector enthusiasts on a charity day ended up in a brawl after 300 ­sovereigns worth £75,000 were found in a field. They then ran off with the loot – half of which belonged to the farmer who owns the land – instead of declaring it under treasure laws. One enthusiast said: “The find was made by someone inexperienced who started yelling about a gold coin. Advertisement >> “Soon there were about 100 individuals digging. It was out of hand. Metal detecting is a cut-throat world. Only two of the 300 coins were in the finds box at the end of the day. The rest will end up on eBay or melted down.” The row erupted after 200 metal detector fans paid £12 each to scour a field near Twinstead, Essex, on Sunday, raising money for Scouts Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/12/01/gold-rush-as-metal-detectors-battle-over-field-of-sovereigns-115875-23600941/#ixzz1fZe7B7zF Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/12/01/gold-rush-as-metal-detectors-battle-over-field-of-sovereigns-115875-23600941/#ixzz1fZe2051C
Yorkshire Dales National Park reveals Anglo Saxon building The ruins of what is thought to be an Anglo Saxon building have been revealed by amateur archaeologists in part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The stone building, near Selside, North Yorkshire, was uncovered by members of the Ingleborough Archaeology Group. Samples of charcoal found in the soil floor were carbon dated. That revealed they date from between 660 and 780 AD. Robert White, from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said the building was an "exciting" discovery. "The National Park has a wealth of archaeological sites, but very few have been excavated and even fewer since scientific dating techniques became widely available," he said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-16013307
A medieval seal thought to have once belonged to Stone Priory in north Staffordshire has gone on display A medieval seal thought to have once belonged to Stone Priory in north Staffordshire has gone on display. The copper object, which bears the image of the Virgin and Child, was found by a metal detector enthusiast in Cobham, Surrey, in September. It will be on show at St Michael and St Wulfad's church in Stone as part of its Christmas tree festival. Reverend Sally Smith, curate at St Michael's church, said: "It's important as it's a piece of our history". The inscription around the seal reads: "S'ecc Sce Marie et Sci W(v)lfadi Martiris de Stanis" which can be translated as "seal of the church of Saint Mary and Saint Wulfad, Martyr of Stone".
Archaeologists find rare tool on building site in Moreton A RARE and ancient tool found on a building site in Moreton is said to a “significant find” for the town according to experts. Cotswold Archaeology made the exciting discovering earlier this month while carrying out an excavation on the Fire Service College housing development. The flint hand axe, thought to have been used primarily for butchering large animals, is the second of its kind to be found in Moreton in eight years. http://www.tewkesburyadmag.co.uk/news/cotswolds/9394022.Archaeologists_find_rare_tool_on_building_site/