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Friday, 25 May 2012

BMI Hospital's treasure find to feature on television

When Heather Masters was approached by a man in shorts and muddy wellingtons asking her to X-ray an animal bone that had just been dug up, she immediately thought something seemed “a little bit strange”.

But Heather, who was imaging manager at BMI Sandringham Hospital, in Kings Lynn, soon changed her mind when the X-ray revealed the bone contained twenty gold coins that were more than 2000 years old.

The coins were discovered as archaeologists worked on the Iron Age site in nearby Sedgeford and were to become one of the most significant finds of the entire project.

The mud-covered man was Chris Mackie, a keen amateur archaeologist and Director of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project (SHARP). He admits that his excitement on that day back in 2003 may well have made him appear “a little bit odd, to say the least.”

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