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Monday, 19 March 2012

'Unique' 11th Century coin discovered near Gloucester


A "unique" medieval coin from the reign of William the Conqueror has been discovered in a field near Gloucester.
The hammered silver coin was found by metal detectorist Maureen Jones just north of the city in November.
Experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme said the find "filled in the hole" in the dates the Gloucester mint was known to have been operating.
The coin, which dates from 1077-1080, features the name of the moneyer Silacwine and where it was minted.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme said that until the coin was discovered, there were no known examples of William I coins minted in Gloucester between 1077-1080.
"The discovery of this coin therefore proves that the mint was in operation throughout the whole reign of William I," it said.

Ancient coins found in Charlwood field are treasure, coroner rules


A CORONER has ruled that a collection of Iron Age and Roman coins and artefacts unearthed near Charlwood is "treasure".
The find of 13 silver Roman denarius coins, two Iron Age gold coins and six miniature replicas of everyday household items dating back about 2,000 years, is now the property of the Crown.

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.

Rare Roman ring found near Alford


A RARE Second Century silver Roman ring has been discovered by a metal detectorist in a farmer’s field near Alford, a treasure inquest heard.
The ring, which has been reworked from a silver denarius coin featuring an image of the Roman Emperor Julia Maesa, is thought to be one of only two ever found in the UK.
Although Roman denarii are fairly common finds in Lincolnshire, finger rings reworked from the coins are usually only found on the continent.
Metal detectorist and amateur archaeologist Michael O’B made the rare discovery while searching on agricultural land in the Alford area in March last year.
Explaining his find to Coroner Stuart Fisher during an inquest held at Lincoln Cathedral Centre last Tuesday, Mr O’B said: “Lincolnshire is quite a prolific area but this is a very rare find – there’s only one find like it in the UK.”

BRONZE AGE GOLDEN RING UNEARTHED IN FURNESS


MORE treasure has been found in Furness, in the form of a gold ring from the Bronze Age.
The find, believed to have been made by a local man within the past six months, was declared as treasure at an inquest on Friday.
Mr Ian Smith, coroner for South and East Cumbria, acted on advice from the British Museum.
Having studied the ring, museum experts reported it was made of rolled-up gold sheet and dated back to between 1300BC and 1100BC.
Mr Smith said: “In their view, because of it’s precious metal content, and its age, it amounts to treasure. I accept that view.”
The coroner could not say where in Furness the ring was found, as it could lead to copy-cat treasure-hunters scouring the spot.
The find will now go before the British Museum’s valuation committee, before a new home is found for it.

Headbourne Worthy Bronze Age ring declared treasure


A Bronze Age gold ring found in a Hampshire field has been declared as treasure by a coroner.
The 3,000-year-old double ring was found by Winchester artist Alan Cracknell in February 2010 in a field at Headbourne Worthy.
He was using a metal detector and thought the artefact was an old bottle top when he first picked it up.
Following the ruling at Winchester Coroner's Court, ownership of the ring passes to the Crown.

King Charles II 'wanted' poster fetches £33,000


A rare "wanted" poster for Charles II has been sold for just over £33,000 at an auction in Shropshire.
The poster offers a reward of £1,000 for the capture of the king, who had escaped after the battle of Worcester in 1651.
Auctioneer Richard Westwood-Brookes said the sale price was "astonishing". It had a guide price of £700 to £1,000.
The poster was bought by someone from the Boscobel area of Shropshire, where Charles II had hidden in an oak tree.
Mr Westwood-Brookes said: "I'm pleased that the British public are interested in our heritage to this extent."
Issued by Oliver Cromwell's parliament, the poster calls for "the discovery and apprehending of Charles Stuart and other traitors, his adherents and abettors".

Roman kiln unearthed by builders at Norton Primary School


The remains of a Roman kiln have been discovered by builders working at a school in North Yorkshire.
The discovery was made during construction of a £1.5m extension at Norton Primary School near Malton.
North Yorkshire County Council said the kiln was the first major find in the area since the 1940s.
The kiln was found along with fragments of pottery. Archaeologists also uncovered ditches believed to be of a Romano-British date.

Cross and bed found in Anglo-Saxon grave


The dead are often described as sleeping, but archaeologists in Cambridgeshire have uncovered a bed on which the body of a young Anglo-Saxon woman has lain for more than 1,300 years, a regal gold and garnet cross on her breast.
Three more graves, of two younger women and an older person whose sex has not yet been identified, were found nearby.
Forensic work on the first woman's bones suggests she was about 16, with no obvious explanation for her early death. Although she was almost certainly a Christian, buried with the beautiful cross stitched into place on her gown, she was buried according to ancient pagan tradition with some treasured possessions including an iron knife and a chatelaine, a chain hanging from her belt, and some glass beads which were probably originally in a purse that has rotted away.

Silver find in Lincolnshire field


A LOCAL metal detecting enthusiast has got a real buzz out of his hobby after making an unusual find.
Devin Warmsley, a member of Spilsby Search Society, was taking part in a group event in December 2011 when he came across a silver gilt seal-matrix dating back to the fourteenth century.
The British Museum has already said it wants the Medieval find to join its collection and could be prepared to pay anywhere between £5,000 and £20,000 for it.
Mr Warmsley said: "I've always had a metal detector and done bits and bobs but I've never been in a club before until joining about a year ago.
"You never know what you are going to pull out of the ground. I've had a few Henry III coins and then went for about three months when I didn't find anything at all.
"Then on December 7, we were about to call it a day when I discovered a gold quarter and then this seal matrix.


Thousands of listed buildings damaged by crime: English Heritage


Thousands of historic listed buildings in England are being damaged by crime every year, English Heritage fears.
Researchers surveyed 609 owners in October and November last year and their findings suggest almost a fifth of all sites - some 70,000 buildings - could have been harmed in 2011.
Metal theft was the most common crime, with churches most at risk.
English Heritage chief executive Simon Thurley said irreparable damage meant "centuries of history will be lost".

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Sign the Ban Green Waste Petition


This has meant that fields are becoming a complete dumping ground, not much different from 'fly tipping', with plastics, metals, and glass, to name a few.

Here is a video, to show how bad the situation has become.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDq9Ai_p7TI

If we don't do anything soon, the hobby and many historical sites will have major problems. Do your bit and sign this petition today.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/30392