They have helped map what lies under England’s green and pleasant land, but archaeology needs more enthusiastic amateurs. Sarah Freeman reports.
Four years ago, a 50-something man was scouring a fairly ordinary looking field in Staffordshire.
Used to false dawns, Terry Herbert didn’t get too excited when his metal detector first began to beep. As it turned out, the amateur archaeologist had stumbled across the single largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever discovered – one which was subsequently valued at £3.5m.