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Monday, 19 March 2012

Museum interest in locket treasure find

A TREASURE hunter unearthed a 500-year-old silver locket while searching farmland near Wragby, an inquest was told last week.
Adam Staples found the rare item while using a metal detector to search land owned by local businessman Hugh Bourn.
The inquest at Lincoln Cathedral Centre on Thursday, February 16, was told that Mr Staples, who lives in Derby, discovered the locket in a clod of earth.
Experts at the British Museum subsequently identified the 15th or 16th century silver gilt locket bearing the image of the face of Christ.
Three coins were found inside, one of which is a silver penny thought to date back to the reign of Henry V. The other two coins were from Edward V’s time.
Mr Staples did not attend the inquest but in a statement read out at the hearing he told how he came across the item in July 2010.

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