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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Archaeology weekend to be held by Tower of Londoon

Aspiring archaeologists are being given the chance to discover secret finds on the banks of the Thames by the Tower of London next weekend.

The free event will allow people to dig for Tudor pottery, medieval coins and Roman belt buckles among other gems at Tower Beach.

Coinciding with the 2013 Festival of British Archaeology, there will also be displays, talks and games from the Tower of London’s curators.

The weekend represents the only time of the year when the beach is open to the public, who are invited to engage in Tower’s rich history.

It will be held from 11am-4pm on Saturday (July 27) and Sunday (28).

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Bullets from wartime found on beach by metal detector enthusiast

A METAL detector enthusiast who unearthed a haul of Second World War bullets on a beach says he is thankful they didn’t fall into the wrong hands.

Darren Davison, who briefly served as a soldier in the 1990s, said he has military knowledge and he is grateful a child did not find the live ammunition.

The 40-year-old was out metal-detecting on Horden beach banks last Tuesday when he found around 40 Lee Enfield 303 rifle bullets and about 50 9mm bullets, which he believes are from a pistol.

Darren, who is dad to Lewis, 11, and Harvey, five, said: “They were about six inches from the surface.

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Richard III gold badge set to be auctioned

AN 18-carat gold replica of Richard III’s emblem has been commissioned by the Yorkshire Museum.

The piece will be the only gold replica in existence and will be accurately based on the rare 15th Century silver badge on show in the museum, as worn by supporters of the Yorkist king.

The piece will be auctioned by and funds will go towards the museum’s future acquisitions.

Natalie McCaul, curator of archaeology, said: “Since we acquired the badge we have been inundated with requests by people wanting to buy replicas of it to wear as a symbol of their interest in Richard III.

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Saturday, 13 July 2013

William the Conqueror coin discovered near Gloucester by Taynton Metal Detecting Club

A TINY coin dating from the time of William the Conqueror and of ‘major historical importance’ has been found near Gloucester.

The silver penny was struck in Gloucester in 1080 and 900 years later, it was found in nearby Highnam by Maureen Jones, a member of Taynton Metal Detecting Club based in Taynton near Burford.

William had strong connections with Gloucester, holding his Christmas Court there every year.

The discovery plugs an historical gap and proves that the Gloucester Mint was kept operational throughout his reign.

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Stone head of Geordie 'god' found

An 1,800-year-old carved stone head of a possible Geordie Roman god has been discovered buried in an ancient rubbish dump.

The discovery was made by a first year archaeology student at Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland, in County Durham, as the team dug through an old bath house.

The 20cm sandstone head, which dates from the 2nd or 3rd century AD, is similar to Celtic deity Antenociticus, thought to have been worshipped locally as a source of inspiration in war.

A similar head, complete with an inscription identifying it as Antenociticus, was found at Benwell, in Newcastle, in 1862.

Mildenhall: Coin pendant found by metal detector on Suffolk farm ‘is treasure’

A gold Anglo Saxon shilling was found by Paul Flack whilst using a metal detector on farm land in Mildenhall in February this year, an inquest was told.

Faye Minter, senior finds recording officer with Suffolk County Council’s Archaeological Service, said the coin had been modified for usage as a pendant and dated from around 660-680AD.

She said: “The coin has been pierced and the remains of a separately cast cylindrical silver rivet are present towards one side of the flan, indicative of modification for usage as something other than a coin.

Dr Peter Dean, Greater Suffolk Coroner, ruled that the coin should be considered as treasure.

It is understood that the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery were interested in purchasing the item. Its value will be decided by an independent committee of experts.

Lost and found – bracelet back in the family

A NUN'S long-lost gold confirmation bracelet found in a Betchworth deer park in the spring has been reunited with her family more than 40 years later.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, May 7, metal detector user Roger Mintey, of Reigate, discovered a nine- carat gold bracelet under an oak tree in the deer park on the 82-acre Wonham Manor Estate. He had been detecting there for almost four years, after gaining permission from the estate manager, Jason Hughes. On his visits, Mr Mintey usually took one other member of the metal detecting group, East Surrey Research & Recovery, with him.

The bracelet bore an inscription: "Charmian, March 13 1971". Charmian Stowe, Betchworth Parish Councillor, who by chance has the same Christian name as the bracelet's loser, had suggested that the jewellery belonged to Charmian de László, whose family had lived at Wonham Manor.

She was right. Charmian de László, born October 9, 1957 had been given the bracelet by her parents, Group Captain Patrick and the Hon Deborah de László, to celebrate her confirmation into the Church of England on Saturday, March 13, 1971.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Treasure dig organiser does not have a valid claim to cash from haul

A MAN who organised a metal detecting event has been told at an inquest that he does not have a valid claim to a haul of Treasure Trove recovered from a suspected Anglo-Saxon grave.

Deputy Coroner Geoff Fell told James Pincher, from Darlington, he would be advising the British Museum that he is not entitled to a share of any money from items found at a dig at Busks Farm, near Middleham, North Yorkshire.

Items found on the dig, attended by around ten people, between April 16 and 17, 2011, include a gold coin, gold pommel, copper alloy mount, iron sword and dagger, copper alloy pommel and three copper alloy hooks.

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