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Thursday, 27 June 2013

Viking gold unearthed by treasure hunter in County Down

A treasure hunter armed with a metal detector has unearthed a rare piece of Viking gold that is more than 1,000 years old.

Tom Crawford was sweeping farmland in County Down last year when he found the small ingot which may have been used as currency during the 9th and 10th centuries.

Experts said only a few such nuggets had been found in Ireland.

Close by, he found a tiny silver ring brooch dating from medieval times.

"It is all part of the big jigsaw of the history of this country," he told an inquest in Belfast which was convened to establish if the find was treasure.

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Isle of Man Viking silver declared 'treasure trove'

Three items of Viking silver dating back 1,000 years, discovered using a metal detector in the Isle of Man, has been declared treasure trove.

An inquest heard the three silver pieces, found by Seth Crowe in a field in Andreas in April, date back to between 930 and 1080 AD.

Archaeologists believe the two silver ingots and brooch fragment contain more than 60% silver.

Coroner of Inquests John Needham made the ruling at Douglas Courthouse.

Mr Crowe, 39, made the discovery having sought the permission of the landowner Leslie Faragher, some years ago.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Found ring is declared treasure

A ROMAN silver ring found in North Lincolnshire has been deemed as treasure.

An inquest at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe heard that the Roman silver ring – dated between the second and third century AD – was discovered on land in Kirton in Lindsey.



Details of who found the ring and when or where it was discovered were not revealed.

Deputy Coroner Andrew Pascoe said: "I record that this is treasure."Discussions will now take place with the British Museum and, no doubt, the local museum."

Iron age coins dating back to between 20 and 50AD were discovered by metal detecting enthusiast near Caistor

Two Roman coins which are nearly 2,000 years old discovered by a metal detecting enthusiast on farmland in the Caistor area have been declared as treasure.

The two iron age coins were found fused together ’three to four inches underground’ by Graham Vickers on land owned by Anthony Burnett on April 27 this year, and were sent to the British Museum for analysis.

The coins date back to between 20 and 50AD and have been attributed to the Corieltavi, a tribe of agricultural people living in the East Midlands area since before the Roman conquest.

One of the coins shows a horse galloping to the left and is inscribed with AVN COST and the other shows a horse galloping to the right and shows the inscription IIVP RASV ABC.

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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Arla Buckinghamshire dairy: Iron age and Roman remains

Artefacts from the Iron Age and Roman periods found on the site of a giant dairy being built in Buckinghamshire are to go on display.

Archaeologists carried out a 12-week survey on the site of the new giant Arla Foods dairy at Aston Clinton near Aylesbury in late 2012.

Evidence was found of Roman enclosures, 10 burials and five cremations.

The exhibition at Buckland Village Hall displays pottery, a 'dolphin' brooch and a bronze tool for cosmetics.

Nansi Rosenberg, from Prospect Archaeology who oversaw the excavation, said the site was known to be a "boggy field".

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Minelab expose US$1.6m counterfeit metal detector operation in Dubai

Large scale Police raid shuts down 'factory' fabricating counterfeit Minelab gold detection products
Wednesday 19th June 2013: Minelab, the global leader in gold detection technology and hand-held metal detector devices has announced the latest success in its Stop Counterfeits campaign. In a major Dubai police operation led by 1st Lieutenant Khalid Abdulla Quraiban Al-Muhairi, counterfeit Minelab product with a potential market value of AED5.9million (US$1.6m) was seized from an apartment complex operating as a makeshift 'factory.'

The raid revealed that counterfeit parts were assembled and packed at the apartment complex before being sold in the open market as premium Minelab GPX Series gold detectors. Those arrested at the scene and in the aftermath of the raid are now awaiting prosecution by the UAE authorities.

The Genuine Minelab; Genuine Performance; Stop Counterfeits campaign is committed to protecting the interests of customers by safeguarding the authenticity and quality of Minelab products and brands.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hidden treasures that keep amateurs digging into past

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.

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Chance for Year 12 pupils to work with archaeologists who discovered Richard III

Year 12 students around the country have a unique opportunity to work side by side with the University of Leicester archaeologists who discovered King Richard III.

The University of Leicester is offering an internship for a Year 12 student to work on a second excavation of the Grey Friars site in Leicester where the remains of the medieval king were uncovered in September 2012.

The successful candidate will work with University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) team members Richard Buckley and Mathew Morris throughout July.

As part of the month-long paid post, the intern will learn key archaeological skills and processes and will have the chance to make new discoveries in the remnants of the Grey Friars church.

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Monday, 17 June 2013

Edward theConfessor Brooch Declared Treasure 2007 - Archive Material


The Mercury of 3rd May 2007 reports the discovery ‘near Bury St. Edmunds’ of a Saxon brooch made from a gilded silver penny of Edward the Confessor. The coin belongs to the first group of coins to be minted at Bury by the moneyer Morcere, subsequent to Edward’s grant of minting rights to the Abbot.

The coin belongs to the so-called ‘expanding cross’ type, the fifth type to be issued in the course of Edward’s reign. Coin dies and designs were changed frequently in order to minimise the risk of forgery by faked or stolen dies. Edward appointed a moneyer to Abbot Baldwin, who succeeded Leofstan on 16th July 1065.

It is the second type to be issued from the Bury mint, and it is only the seventh known coin of this type from the Bury mint, from which only now 31 survive from the reign of Edward the Confessor. The obverse legend reads +EDPER/.D RECX: and the reverse reads +MORCERE ON EDHUN. Apart from the ‘small flan’ type issue of Edward earlier in the year, this is the first reference anywhere to the name of Bury St. Edmunds.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Leeds metal detectorist finds lost Bluebird charm

A charm recovered from the depths of Coniston Water 34 years after Donald Campbell’s fatal final journey has made its second miraculous return.

When the wreckage of Bluebird K7 – the machine he was driving during the ill-fated bid to break his own 276mph water speed record in 1967 – was recovered in 2001, a tiny St Christopher’s medal that he held dear was also found and returned to his overjoyed daughter Gina.

The 63-year-old, who lives in Thorner, has treasured the medal ever since but was devastated last year when she misplaced it after a charity golf tournament at Moor Allerton Golf Club.

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Cheddar reservoir excavations begin to check for remains

Archaeological investigations are due to begin at the site of a planned £100m reservoir in Cheddar, Somerset.

More than 180 trenches will be dug over eight weeks around Bristol Water's proposed site by expert teams from Wessex Archaeology.

"The programme is part of the environmental assessment to identify areas where archaeology is present," said project spokesman Jeremy Williams.

The results will influence the future design of the proposed development.

The Somerset Levels, where the trenches will be dug, are considered to be one of the richest areas for archaeological remains in Britain.

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Thursday, 13 June 2013

Bonnybridge archaeologist discovers 700-year-old relics from the battle of Bannockburn

An amateur archaeologist from Bonnybridge is hoping his remarkable discoveries can shed more light on one of the most famous episodes in Scottish history.

James Bayne (64) used a metal detector he was given as a birthday present three years ago to unearth a number of number of intriguing artefacts from the site of the Battle of Bannockburn, the great conflict in 1314 in which the Scots army under the command of Robert the Bruce vanquished the much larger force of King Edward II of England.

The retired maintenance engineer has unearthed a variety of items including a bronze pendant and the remains of a brutal medieval dagger known as a ‘bodkin’.

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Northampton Castle finds include 10th Century lamps

Objects dating back to the 10th Century have been discovered at the location of Northampton's new railway station.

The latest finds by archaeologists at the site, once home to Northampton Castle, include a medieval silver penny and two Saxon oil lamps.

Andy Chapman from Northamptonshire Archaeology said: "The findings helped to paint a picture of how people lived and worked over 1,000 years ago."

The dig has now ended and the station build starts later this month.

The latest finds join a wide collection of artefacts uncovered in the three-month long excavation, ranging from a medieval sharpening tool to a Saxon brooch.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Historic items dating back to 10th century found on site of Northampton Castle

Archaeologists working at the site of Northampton’s new railway station have found artefacts dating back to the 10th century.

The latest find on the site, which was once home to Northampton Castle, include a medieval silver penny and two Saxon oil lamps.

The remains of a building found during the early days of the three month dig have also been identified as a 12th century workshop which would have stood in the grounds of the castle.

Andy Chapman from Northamptonshire Archaeology said: “These investigations have added an exciting chapter to our understanding of Northampton’s history.

“It’s been a rare chance to learn more about Northampton Castle, as well as the old Saxon town, which gradually grew into the Northampton of today.

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Monday, 10 June 2013

Brighton & District MDC Rally Sun 1st Sept 2013

Sun 1st Sept 2013...Scallow Bridge, East Hoathly, East Sussex..Directions & site info will be sent out with the tickets... Sign posted on the day..Start 10am to 4pm

Tickets pre paid, adult £13.50, under 16 years of age £10, or £15 on the day...

60+acres of rolled/pasture fields..Toilets..Refreshments at reasonable prices..Tokens buried for cash prizes..Raffle,drawn at 1pm...Sussex FLO Stephanie Smith will attend to record finds..A donation will be made to a charity of the Farmers choice, East Sussex Hospice...

For tickets & any further info please contact Barry 01273 582515 or barry.mason@tiscali.co.uk

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Charity Rally 1st September 2013 Ston Easton, Somerset


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Sunday, 9 June 2013

The Purge of Moneyers

I've been asked on a number of occasions when and what was the purge of the moneyers, so I thought I'd give you a brief summary of what happened.

In 1124 Henry I suspected his moneyers of mal practice and summonsed them all to court at Christmas of the same year. The Anglo Saxon Chronicle, which tells the story and which is usually very sympathetic to the sufferings of the English on this occasion showed no pity 'for they had ruined the country for the magnitude of their fraud'. Roger, Bishop of Salisbury presided and punishment was that each moneyer was deprived of his right hand and testicles.

A number of them including a moneyer called Gillepatrick of  Pembroke were spared the ordeal  by paying a fine. This is documnted  in history as the sheriff of Pembrokeshire accounted for the revenues of the Henry I's new Welsh county in 1130, they included £2 from Gillepatrick, probably in part payment of a fine imposed to avoid corporal punishment in the Purge of Moneyers.

From the names of mints and moneyers on the surviving coins it appears that more than half of the fifty-one mints known to have produced type XIV were not operating during the issue of type XV


Henry I Penny



Their guilt is far from clear. Henry was in Normandy and the complaints of quality came from his troops because of condition of the coinage they were receiving for their salaries. Other reports suggest that the problem was down to the English climate with bad weather,poor crops, high prices and high mortality.

Documents from the time advise that the 'fullers of Winchester proffered a mark of gold that they were not required to perform this distasteful operation on their fellow professionals'.

So next time you are lucky enough to find a coin from early in the reign of Henry I have a thought for the moneyer.and what happened to him shortly after he'd minted your coin.

Was Mary Queen of England really a man?

The bones of Elizabeth I, Good Queen Bess, lie mingled with those of her sister, Bloody Mary, in a single tomb at Westminster Abbey. But are they really royal remains — or evidence of the greatest conspiracy in English history?

If that is not the skeleton of Elizabeth Tudor, the past four centuries of British history have been founded on a lie.

And according to a controversial new book, the lie began on an autumn morning 470 years ago, when panic swept through a little group of courtiers in a manor house in the Cotswold village of Bisley in Gloucestershire.

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Friday, 7 June 2013

I'm a coin nerd – I like the stories they tell, says Lincolnshire archaeologist!

Whilst browsing the net recently I cam across this old article from last year that I found fascinating. It is about the Lincolnshire FLO Adam Daubney and I thought I'd post the link for those, who like me, had not had the chance to read it first time around.

Finding answers and the tales they reveal made Adam Daubney want to become an archaeologist more than anything else.

"I love problem solving and the research and being part of a profession where you can add to this growing bank of knowledge and interpret that for the public," says the 32-year-old.

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Thursday, 6 June 2013

Eight Bronze Age Boats Found Near Flag Fen

A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of Peterborough.

The vessels, all deliberately sunk more than 3,000 years ago, are the largest group of bronze age boats ever found in the same UK site and most are startlingly well preserved. One is covered inside and out with decorative carving described by conservator Ian Panter as looking "as if they'd been playing noughts and crosses all over it". Another has handles carved from the oak tree trunk for lifting it out of the water. One still floated after 3,000 years and one has traces of fires lit on the wide flat deck on which the catch was evidently cooked.

Several had ancient repairs, including clay patches and an extra section shaped and pinned in where a branch was cut away. They were preserved by the waterlogged silt in the bed of a long-dried-up creek, a tributary of the river Nene, which buried them deep below the ground.

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I dug up £100,000 of gold the first time I tried metal detecting

Wesley Carrington was using the most basic metal detector when 20 minutes into his first foray he found 55 gold solidus dating back more than 1,600 years.

He had begun his search in woodlands near St Albans, Herts, after watching video clips on metal detecting on the online site YouTube.

Mr Carrington said "I just thought I would give it a go. I would say after about 20 minutes it beeped. I found a coin that was gold-coloured, with a Roman figure on it."

Days later he returned to the Berkhampstead shop where he had purchased his £135 metal detector and showed them his haul.

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I found Roman coins worth £100,000... 20 minutes after buying first metal detector

It's always nice to encounter a little beginners’ luck when you’re trying out a new hobby.
But if the phenomenon strikes on your inaugural treasure hunt, it can mean a significant payday.
Wesley Carrington was just 20 minutes into his first metal detecting trip when he unearthed a hoard of Roman gold coins estimated to be worth £100,000.

Yesterday he jokingly suggested he may have ‘peaked early’ in his treasure hunting career.
The novice revealed he had bought a basic detector from a local shop and headed straight out to woods to try his new gadget.

His initial finds included a spoon and halfpenny piece but then the machine started bleeping to indicate metal some way beneath  the ground.

After digging down around seven inches he unearthed the first of 55 ‘solidi’ – gold coins – dating back more than 1,600 years.

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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Mass immigration was a grave concern for Bronze Age Britons

A 3,000-year-old burial site has been found to contain the remains of migrants from as far away as Scandinavia and the western Mediterranean.

Archaeologists conducting a study of Bronze Age residents found three distinct groups in the burial pits at Cliffs End Farm, near Pegwell Bay, Kent.

Using analysis of oxygen and strontium isotopes in tooth enamel the researchers found while one group had been born locally, the other two groups came from much further afield.

'Spectacular' Roman treasure found in Sandridge was discovered by first-time metal detector

The man who found 159 Roman coins in Sandridge had been using a metal detector for the first time when he made the discovery.

Wesley Carrington found the hoard, which is believed to be one of the biggest of its kind ever found in the UK, in October last year.

In total 159 coins were found in private woodland in Sandridge.

The coins, which show mints representing a number of parts of the empire including Rome, Milan, Trier and Thessalon Opolis, were found in private woodland in Sandridge.

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Sunday, 2 June 2013

German bomber salvage attempt delayed

An attempt to raise a unique World War II German aircraft from the bottom of the English Channel has been delayed because of high winds.

Divers are now waiting until 01:00 BST to see if it will be possible to begin lifting the only surviving Dornier 17.

A spar, attached to lifting cables and struts in the wings, is to be inserted through the bomber's fuselage, which lies in 50ft of water off Kent.

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'Amazingly rare' letter written by Robert the Bruce to Edward II found

An unknown and “amazingly rare” letter written by Robert the Bruce at a pivotal point of the Wars of Scottish Independence has been uncovered by a Scottish academic.

In the letter, the fearsome Scottish warrior appeals to the English King Edward II for an end to “persecution and disturbance”. It was sent in 1310, less than four years before Bannockburn, the  victory that paved the way for Scottish independence.

Dauvit Broun, professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, found the letter in The British Library while studying a manuscript written by the monks of Kirkstall Abbey about 500 years ago. The correspondence  happened to be copied by the monks into their manuscript, the original has not survived.

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