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Friday, 31 May 2013

John’s sapphire ring find is fit for royalty

A metal detecting enthusiast has dug up the find of a lifetime by unearthing a 13th century gold ring worth thousands of pounds.

John Cooper, formerly of Sleaford but now living in Cheshire, has been following his hobby of metal detecting in the Sleaford area for the last 30 years, in the past finding such things as Roman coins and brooches.

He and his wife were about to pack up for the day when he got a reading. He said: “It wasn’t buried very deeply. At first it looked cheap like it was from the fair, all bent and soil compacted round it, so I stuck it in my pocket, but when I got it home for a closer look it was like an electric shock.”

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Two stolen medieval vases returned to Bath

Two medieval vases, stolen from an archaeological dig in Bath five years ago, have been returned.

PC Peter Hunt and PC Gemma Kirby turned treasure hunters when one of the Bellarmine vessels, dating from 1650, turned up for sale on eBay.

They worked with the Museum of London Archaeology and tracked down the vessels to a narrowboat in Oxfordshire.

"It was one of the more unusual crimes I've had to investigate," said PC Hunt of Avon and Somerset Police.

"It's a great pleasure to be able to play a part in returning items of Bath's heritage to their rightful owner."

Bellarmine jugs were named after Robert Bellarmine, a saint and cardinal of the Catholic church, and were traditionally used as protection against witchcraft and magic.

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Monday, 27 May 2013

History underfoot with metal detectors

SHOW a metal detectorist someone who thinks history’s dull and they’ll show you someone who’s never held pieces of it in their hands.

It’s all very well reading about Romans or Saxons or the Civil War, but for a detectorist there’s nothing to beat, say, unearthing a coin and knowing that the last person to hold it was the Roman who lost it, and that he probably swore in Latin when he got to the tavern or the bath house and reached into his toga for some cash.

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Looted artefacts recovered in UK to go on display

Treasure hunters using metal detectors are believed to have been behind the removal of nearly 900 artefacts, including a bronze age axe and medieval coins, from Ireland that have now been recovered in the UK.

“We know for a fact that metal detectors were used,” said Dr Ned Kelly, keeper of antiquities with the National Museum of Ireland, where the items will be put on display tomorrow.

It is illegal to use a metal detector without a licence and the penalties including a jail sentence of up to four years and a fine of up to €63,500.

Bronze Age Ireland: the country’s golden era

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In confirming the recovery of the 899 items, the National Museum referred to them as having been looted and said, “The collection was amassed by an individual, now deceased, who operated in the Co Tipperary area with assistance from another person who did not reside within the jurisdiction.”

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Ancient skeletons uncovered in Amesbury

SIX Saxon skeletons dating back over a thousand years and Bronze Age round barrows have been discovered in Amesbury.

The remains, unearthed at a brownfield development site in London Road, are thought to be those of adolescent to mature males and females.

Five skeletons were arrayed around a small circular ditch, with the grave of a sixth skeleton in the centre. Two lots of beads, a shale bracelet and other grave goods were also found.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Whitby Abbey grounds damaged by illegal metal detecting

Damage has been caused to the grounds of the historic Whitby Abbey by illegal metal detecting.

Since March, 14 holes have been dug across the Grade I-listed site while the property is closed at night.

English Heritage and police believe it is the result of illegal metal detecting, known as nighthawking.

Heritage chiefs said it was extremely unlikely anything significant remained in the ground and the activity was being taken "very seriously".

The abbey, which was the backdrop to the opening of Bram Stoker's Dracula, dates from AD664 and has been the subject of numerous archaeological digs over the years.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Gold Brooch dubbed a unique discovery

It was early evening when the phone rang, it was my detecting friend Peter, telling me of a new field he had just been given permission to detect on, and asked if I would I like to join him the next morning for a couple of hours. Without hesitation I said yes.

The next day was very cold and frosty, and my first impression was not great as I noticed, horses on one side of the field. I always get nervous around horses, so I turned my E-TRAC on and headed in the opposite direction.

A couple of hours went by, and I'd been picking up the odd button and buckle but no sign of any coins. I turned to see what part of the field Peter was detecting in and noticed that the horses were heading in my direction. So I promptly moved down towards a small stream.

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'Idiotic' pair pick up unexploded 2ft bombs

This is the moment two men each casually carried a 2ft-long unexploded bomb each after finding them washed up on a beach.

The pair were pictured with the two potentially deadly rusty 120mm tank shells slung over the shoulders.
Onlookers watched as the men strolled past them with the explosives that date back to the Cold War.

It is believed the unidentified pair may have seized the bombs to try and later cash in as scrap metal.
Now the MoD is urgently appealing for them to make contact with them so the ordnance can be safely removed before it blows up.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Hoard of roman gold coins found in St Albans (Archive Oct 2012)

A "nationally significant" hoard of Roman gold coins has been found by a metal detectorist in Hertfordshire.

The stash - found on private land north of St Albans - is believed to be one of the largest Roman gold coin hoards discovered in the UK.

The 159 coins date to the end of the 4th Century during the final years of Roman rule in Britain. After AD 408 no more coin supplies reached the country.

The value of the hoard has not yet been assessed.

A team from St Albans City and District Council museums' service investigated the site at the beginning of October to confirm the find.


Coins from 1600s declared treasure

An amateur treasure hunter made the discovery of his life when he unearthed 82 silver coins thought to have been buried during the English Civil War.

The hoard, found by lorry driver Mark Greensmith, has now been officially declared as treasure and will eventually be placed on display in a museum.

Mr Greensmith, of Checkley, was using his metal detector in August last year when he found the trove — consisting of coins from the reigns of Mary I, Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I — on a farm just outside Uttoxeter.

A report by Dr Barrie Cook, a British Museum coin expert, said the treasure may have been buried to keep it safe during the 1640s by someone who was later killed in the Civil War.

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Remains of Roman dwelling unearthed at Navenby dig

WHAT appears to be the remains of a Roman dwelling has been unearthed on the first day of the Navenby archae- ological dig.

Bits of pottery and coins found at the scene on has confirmed that there was third or fourth century life at the location off High Dike.

Ian Cox, chairman of Navenby Archaeological Group (NAG), said: "What we have almost certainly got here is a collapsed or demolished Roman building.

"Even at this early stage we can tell that there could well have been people living here. The evidence from bits of pottery we've found is dated around the third or fourth century.

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Coins and badge among treasure

Coins and an artefact found by metal detectorists in the Horncastle area of Lincolnshire have been declared as treasure.

Assistant deputy coroner Paul Smith declared a hoard of roman coins and a late medieval badge as treasure at an inquest in Spilsby. The small hoard of five roman coins were found by Adam Staples, of Derbyshire, who was metal detecting in the area with the land owners permission. He has found similar coins in Lincolnshire in previous years.

The late medieval silver gilt badge was found by Lisa Grace from Derbyshire.
The broken pin badge depicts a male boar. It contains more than 10 percent precious metal and therefore falls under 'treasure' under the Treasure Act.

The treasure inquests heard the Collection Museum at Lincoln were interested in acquiring both the finds.

Newport's medieval ship has 'uncertain' future

The future of the remains of a 15th century merchant vessel unearthed on the banks of the river Usk in Newport is uncertain as funds for its restoration dry up.

The Newport ship was unearthed 11 years ago and since then work has been ongoing to preserve it.

Up to now the work has been paid for by the Welsh government and Newport council but both bodies have said this will end.


Medieval seal returns for good

The 12th Century Seal Matrix of Stone Priory, which was bought for the town following an appeal last year, has been away in Wiltshire since January undergoing conservation work. And there’s a special talk later this month to mark its return.
The matrix – which was found in a field in Surrey in 2011 –  is being returned to St. Michael and St. Wulfad’s Church, where it is going to be on permanent display, on Wednesday 22nd May.

Anglo-Saxon grave found

THE discovery of an apparent Anglo-Saxon grave underneath a church could be proof of the siting of a Seventh Century monastery.

The find, which archaeologists are describing as “exciting”, was unearthed while work is being done to St Hilda’s Church, on Hartlepool’s Headland.

The floor has been taken up at the historic church to make way for a new heating system, and experts at Tees Archaeology have been at the church for recording purposes working on two areas measuring 27ft by 27ft.

As well as the Anglo-Saxon grave, another six, believed to date between the 1600s and 1900s, were also found, as well as various loose bones.

Dr Steve Sherlock, of Tees Archaeology, said: “It’s an exciting thing.

“We hope to do more work to understand it.

“It’s always presumed that there was a church here in Norman times in 1066.

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King Richard III's teeth and jaw reveal monarch's anxious life and violent death

The violent death suffered by King Richard III at the battle of Bosworth has been revealed in new detail by analysis of his skull and jaw found under a car park in Leicester.

Researchers say the skull and jaw of last English monarch to die in battle were badly damaged, lending support to reports that the blows that killed him were so heavy that it drove the king’s crown into his head.

They also conclude that Richard III may have been as anxious and fearful as William Shakespeare portrayed him – he ground his teeth with stress.

Researchers also found that the king had suffered severe tooth decay, perhaps as a result of his privileged position and a sweet tooth.

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Welsh History Month: How a Roman brooch can change lives

Imagine my surprise and delight when this brilliant star-shaped brooch popped out of a very muddy field in Caerleon in 2010. Little did I know that this was the beginning of my journey to help others get a similar kick out of shiny objects.

It was all legitimate, of course. I was part of a team of archaeologists from Cardiff University and University College London excavating a field in the Roman legionary fortress at Caerleon. The excavations revealed a warehouse building and a series of square rooms surrounding a large courtyard as well as some truly amazing objects, including this brooch.

As I knelt there admiring the craftsmanship, I began to ask the sorts of questions everyone asks. Who wore this brooch? Whose cloak did it fasten? Was it one of the soldiers of the Second Augustan Legion who was stationed here? Was it a prized possession perhaps? A gift from a loved one? The intricate design and enamelling would surely have made this an expensive object. Or did it belong to one of the officer’s wives or a local girl from the tribe of the Silures?

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Perfect example of medieval holy well is being restored

The building became the first structure in Cornwall to be designated a scheduled monument in the 1920s.
It is regarded as a perfect example of a medieval well-house.

Built of local killas stone, and dating back to the 17th century, with a granite-arched doorway, the well-house has not undergone repairs or alteration for more than a century.

Archaeologist James Gossip, of Cornwall Council's historic environment projects department, said: "In the past ten years the building had started to suffer as a result of a build-up of silt against its back wall, and had become overgrown with ivy and other tree growth, with large roots loosening stones and threatening to collapse parts of the structure. The adjacent stream had also been blocked, causing water to pour through the rear wall and washing out the earth bedding mortar, leaving the structure in fragile condition."

He said restoration was vital to stabilise the structure.

A detailed archaeological survey was carried out to determine the extent of the problems and the best course of action.

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7 more skeletons found near Old Town knight grave

A CITY car park has been hailed a “real treasure trove of archaeology” after seven more skeletons were unearthed from the grave of a medieval knight.

Archaeologists working on the site now believe they have uncovered the remains of a family crypt having found bones from three fully grown adults, four infants and a skull.

The exciting discovery comes one month after experts ­excavated the burial site of a medieval knight – affectionately christened Sir Eck – within the grounds of the new Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at High School Yards, off Infirmary Street.

Carvings of the Calvary Cross on an elaborate sandstone tomb and an ornate sword found beside the remains led archaeologists to believe it was the burial plot of a high-status individual such as a knight or nobleman.

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Looking for volunteers for community archaeology

Fenland Archaeological Society (FenArch) is looking for volunteers with time to spare and an interest in archaeology for opportunities from now to the end of November,
Opportunities may include field walking - to scan an area of field for evidence which may provide the date and density of human involvement. Small scale excavations are also planned.
A Heritage Lottery grant has provided the opportunity to study additional Roman sites using local volunteer help. This is part of the BBC’s All Our Stories project that FenArch has named The Fenland in Roman Times.
To register an interest you can contact FenArch at: fenarch@hotmail.co.uk or write to: FenArch c/o 46A Queens Road, Wisbech, PE13 2PE. Leave your name, address and a contact number also an email address.
To find out more about FenArch’s activities, go to their Facebook and type in FenArch Facebook.

Moles unearth Roman artefacts at Epiacum's ancient fort

Epiacum is a site full of buried treasure, which no-one can reach - no-one human at least.

Near Alston in Cumbria, close to the Northumberland border, where now there are fields, there was once a thriving Roman fort.

Unfortunately for archaeologists, they cannot access any of the historic artefacts beneath the ground - because the site is a scheduled ancient monument.

Moles, however, pay no heed to the land's protected status.

The velvety creatures have not only been digging up the earth, but doing their bit for archaeology by inadvertently pushing ancient objects to the surface.

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The Sussex Archaeological Society > The Battle of Lewes Project The Battle of Lewes Project

The Battle of Lewes took place in May 1264 when the armies of King Henry III and rebel baron Simon de Montfort clashed just outside the town walls. The king was defeated. After the battle de Montfort summoned England’s first representative Parliament.

The Battle of Lewes Project, based at Lewes Castle, aims to promote interest in this early struggle for democracy. It is a community project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will culminate in a special celebration in 2014 marking the battle’s 750th anniversary.

Since the launch, the project has involved more than 300 volunteers with diverse skills and interests including textiles, re-enactment, archaeology, film, medieval language, music and drama.

The Battle of Lewes Research and Steering Group meets at Lewes Castle every two months. It has grown from a small core of interested individuals to a large committee which includes a range of organisations including Sussex Archaeological Society, South Downs National Park, Lewes Town Council, Lewes District Council, The Battlefields Trust, Lewes Priory Trust,The Friends of Lewes and Lewes Rotary Club.

The Sussex Archaeological Society > The Battle of Lewes Project > The Battle of Lewes Project: Events
The Battle of Lewes Project: Events
Past Events


May 14: March on Lewes

“Advance Guard” walk from Fletching to Lewes tracing some of the paths that de Montfort’s army might have taken. This is a trial run for a walk planned for 2014. Peter Varlow explains.

May 14-20: Battlefield Survey, Landport Bottom, Lewes. The survey team will be led by Luke Barber, Research Officer for the Sussex Archaeological Society, and Stephanie Smith, the region’s Finds Liaison Officer based at Lewes Castle. They hope that some evidence of the 1264 conflict will be uncovered. Visitors will be able to take a look at any objects they discover.

May 17 and 18: Battlefield Tours

May 19: Battle of Lewes Day

Twitter: @LewesBattle2014

Monday, 13 May 2013

Did Roman ever spend a penny in Rainford?

NEARLY 2,000 years ago somebody dropped a Roman coin close to what is today the village of Rainford.

Talk about the Romans and you think of important sites like Chester, York... and even Wigan (known as Coccium back then).

But now the coin unearthed by ‘metal detective’ Lee Brady in Rainford could help rewrite the history of the village.

Was it lost by a passing legionary or merchant who took a detour off the Roman road which runs near Haydock Park? Or was it lost from the purse of a local Briton?

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Archaeology group unearths ‘ice house’ in Leeds park

An archaeology group has unearthed an 18th century “ice house” in a Leeds park.

Around half a dozen members of South Leeds Archaeology (SLA) and the Friends of Middleton Park uncovered the brick and stone structure, which was used to store ice for those living at Middleton Lodge.

The cone-shaped hole in the ground, which is thought to have been 25 to 30ft deep, would have been heavily insulated to store ice from the lake to be brought into the kitchen to make ice creams and sorbets.

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Roman gold coin revealed in 'lucky' Norfolk treasure find

A hoard of Roman gold and silver coins, described by an expert as a "lucky" find, have been discovered in Norfolk.

The gold solidus, found by a metal detector enthusiast in a field near Norwich, is thought to have been dropped or buried circa AD 410.

Adrian Marsden, a coin expert based at Norwich Castle Museum, said: "We see very few Roman gold coins. It would have a spending power of about £1,000."

The hoard was among a number of items declared treasure in April.

"This is a very late Roman coin hoard," said Mr Marsden.

"The mixture of gold and silver does happen, it's very similar to the hoard found in Hoxne in terms of the mix, they just had many more.

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ITV are planning another series of Britain’s Secret Treasures. It is understood that the previous series generated average viewing figures of 3.6 million

ITV has reportedly re-commissioned Britain’s Secret Treasures. The second series will be produced by ITV Studios, and like the last one will be presented by Michael Buerk, and Bettany Hughes.

The last treasures

10% of finds donated to Museums

It is a relatively unknown fact that each year, almost 10% of finds reported as potential Treasure by Metal Detectorists are donated to museums, which is a great statistic.

Looking to make a donation. Here is your answer from finds.org.uk

How are donations made?

Finds which meet the criteria for ‘Treasure’ under the Treasure Act may be claimed by the Crown and placed in an appropriate museum.  That museum is required to pay a reward to the finder and landowner equal to the market value of the find, but the finder and landowner can elect to waive their reward, thus enabling the museum to acquire the find without resorting to public expense.  We refer to these acts as ‘donations’.

Most of the finds recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme are not Treasure, but a museum may nonetheless be interested in acquiring them.  A Finds Liaison Officer or National Finds Advisor may recognise an item’s significance and speak to a museum curator about the item; if the museum curator wishes to acquire the find, they can be put in touch with the finder/landowner.  The finder/landowner may then choose to donate the find to the museum if they wish.

Private collections
Many finders have  built up their collections of archaeological finds over the years, and it is worth thinking about a long-term home for this material when the owner passes on.   Museums may be willing to accept the material as a donation and it is advisable to discuss this possibility when the opportunity arises – before it’s too late!

If you have any questions about donations, or if you are considering donating your find, speak to your local Finds Liaison Officer or the Treasure Team at the British Museum (treasure@britishmuseum.org).

How I helped discover Britain's Atlantis

THE story of a city that fell into the sea was one that David Sear learned from a very early age on his summer holidays to the East Anglian coast.

Decades later, David, now a professor in physical geography at the University of Southampton, has helped carry out the most detailed analysis of the archaeological remains of the lost medieval town of Dunwich, off the Suffolk coast.

The find has been labelled by the professor as the one of the most important milestones in marine archaeology.

Dunwich was once a thriving city – the tenth largest settlement in England. Packed with churches, monasteries, hospitals and grand public buildings, it was the same size as 14th century London and even had two seats in Parliament as testament to its importance.

But a vicious storm in 1286 swept much of the city into the sea and silted up the Dunwich River.

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Medieval strap ruled treasure

A CORONER has surprisngly ruled that a ninth-century artefact discovered in Church Lawton is treasure.

The copper 'strap end' with silver rivets – which would have been used in medieval clothing – was found on August 1 last year.

Medieval Strap-end with Silver Rivets

The finder, Pat McCarthy of the South Lancs and Cheshire Metal Detecting Club, did not attend an inquest at Warrington Coroner's Court yesterday.

But Alan Moore, deputy coroner for Cheshire, ruled the find was treasure following a report from the British Museum.

The Treasure Act was put together in the early 1990's, it was a requirement that for an object to be classed as treasure it must contain at least 10% by weight of precious metal (gold or silver) .

However Ian Richardson of the British Museum says 'rivets have been recorded on their own and
therefore it is reasonable to consider that they are 'distinct components' and therefore fall under
the act'.

The court heard the item, which measured around 41mm by 13mm and weighed 4g, featured two silver rivets and an animal design with a glass bead.

The British Museum will now be given the opportunity acquire the find, which dates back to Viking times.

Saturday, 4 May 2013

King Richard III archaeological unit makes new discovery under a car park in Leicester

The University of Leicester archaeological unit that discovered King Richard III has spearheaded another dig and discovered a 1,700-old- Roman cemetery – under another car park in Leicester.

The latest dig follows the historic discovery of King Richard III by colleagues from the same unit.

The find has revealed remains thought to date back to 300AD – and includes personal items such as hairpins, rings, belt buckles and remains of shoes.

In addition, the team has found a jet ring with a curious symbol etched onto it, apparently showing the letters IX overlain.  Opinion as to its meaning is divided; it may just be an attractive design but it is also reminiscent of an early Christian symbol known as an IX (Iota-Chi) monogram taken from the initials of Jesus Christ in Greek.

The University of Leicester archaeologists have also identified the unusual practice of Christian burials alongside pagan burials.

In total, archaeologists have identified 13 sets of remains at the car park in Oxford Street in Leicester’s historic city centre.

Archaeological Project Officer John Thomas said: “We have discovered new evidence about a known cemetery that existed outside the walled town of Roman Leicester during the 3rd-4th Centuries AD.

“The excavation, at the junction of Oxford Street and Newarke Street, lay approximately 130m outside the south gate of Roman Leicester, adjacent to one of the main routes into the town from the south (Oxford Street).  Roman law forbade burial within the town limits so cemeteries developed outside the walls, close to well-used roads.

“Previous excavations on Newarke Street had discovered numerous burials to the immediate east and north of the present site, all of which appeared to have been buried according to Christian traditions - buried in a supine position, facing east with little or no grave goods.

“Unusually the 13 burials found during the recent excavations, of mixed age and sex, displayed a variety of burial traditions including east to west & north  to south oriented graves, many with personal items such as finger rings, hairpins, buckles and hob-nailed shoes.

“One in particular appears to have been buried in a Christian tradition, facing east and wearing a polished jet finger ring on their left hand which has a possible early Christian Iota - Chi monogram etched onto it, taking the initial letters from the Greek for Jesus Christ.  If so this would represent rare evidence for a personal statement of belief from this period.

“In contrast a nearby and probably near contemporary grave appeared to indicate very different beliefs.  This grave had a north-south orientation, with the body laid on its side in a semi-foetal position, with the head removed and placed near the feet alongside two complete pottery jars that would have held offerings for the journey to the afterlife.  This would seem to be a very pagan burial, so it is possible from the variety of burials found that the cemetery catered for a range of beliefs that would have been important to people living in Leicester at this time.”

The excavations also add information to the increasingly well documented medieval southern suburb of the town, revealing remains of 12th-13th century quarries, cess-pits and rubbish pits that would have been dug in the backyards of properties fronting onto Oxford Street.

Mr Thomas added: “All of these pits contained a wealth of information from pottery, bone and environmental remains to help build a picture of medieval life in this part of the town.  A large 17th century defensive ditch running alongside Newarke Street was also discovered which was part of the town’s defences during the English Civil War.”

The site is currently earmarked for development.

Treasure trove of Bronze Age artefacts discovered by metal detectors in Vale of Glamorgan

A treasure trove of bronze age artefacts were discovered by metal detectorists in sleepy villages around the Vale of Glamorgan.

A late bronze age hoard of eleven axes, thought to have been buried around 1000 to 800 BC, and a middle to late bronze age penannular ring, estimated to have been buried between 1300 and 800 BC, were declared treasure by Cardiff Coroner Mary Hassell.

Curator of the Bronze Age Collections at the National Museum of Wales Adam Gwilt said the discoveries were key for historians to build a picture of times past.

“Discoveries like these can only enhance our understanding of that period,” he said.

He added: “The Vale seems to have been quite active in the Bronze Age, as a number of discoveries of this sort have been made there.”

The National Museum Wales has confirmed it is keen to acquire the precious artefacts following an independent valuation.

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Job: Administrator Required - PAS (London)

Salary: £18,793 per annum pro rata
Contract: Fixed Term Contract; until 31 March 2014 (Part Time)

If you have any queries regarding this role, please email us at bm@penna.com or call 0845 601 1124. Please quote the job reference number in the subject line of any email and at the beginning of a call.

The Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure (PAT) is looking to recruit an Administrator to assist the Portable Antiquities Scheme Resources Manager in running the Department of PAT office. This role will primarily focus on the administration of the departmental office, but will be required to help in the administration of the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

You will be responsible for processing purchase orders and invoices whilst liaising closely with the British Museum Finance Department to ensure payments are made on time. You will also liaise with the Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officers and contribute to the production and distribution of Scheme publications. In addition, you will assist when necessary with various departmental projects, such as the gathering of data for the Annual Reports.

You will be educated to GSCE Level or equivalent with previous administrative experience and demonstrable IT skills with experience of databases, spreadsheets and word processing. Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail as well as the ability to co-ordinate and prioritise workloads are essential skills for this post. Excellent communication skills are required in order to build and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally. An interest in British archaeology would be desirable for this role.

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Norfolk 'nighthawkers' face illegal metal detecting clampdown

Police in Norfolk have been told to "pay extra attention" to illegal metal detecting as part of routine patrols.

The move follows the arrest of two men in Thetford, Norfolk, on suspicion of going equipped to steal.

Andrew Rogerson, a senior archaeologist with Norfolk County Council, said the illegal detecting, or nighthawking, was a "big problem".

A Norfolk Police spokesman said officers were being reminded of the issue in daily briefings.

"Nighthawking is a big problem in Norfolk and has been for many years, but very few people are caught," said Mr Rogerson.

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