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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Builder discovers 16th Century gold on Lindisfarne

Builder Richard Mason was suitably underwhelmed when he dug up a grubby looking pot during a house renovation on Lindisfarne.

The 38-year-old from Rothbury, in Northumberland, threw the pot in the back of his van and thought no more of it.

The jug was left in Mr Mason's father's basement for eight years and then one year before Christmas, Richard decided to clean the jug.

He tipped it up and out fell a pile of gold and silver coins.

The coins come from all over Europe and one of them was found to be a gold scudo, a coin made in Italy in the 1500s.

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Bomb disposal alert in Hawkinge - Metal Detecting

Army bomb experts had to be called out after two boys brought home unexploded Second World War weapons they found in a field.

The anti-tank rocket heads were dug up by Kane Byrne and his friend Alex Taylor, who had been out looking for objects with a metal detector.

Kane, 12, from Hawkinge, said: "The bomb squad told me they could vaporise anything within six feet."


London skulls reveal evidence of Roman headhunting

Dozens of skulls excavated in London have provided the first evidence of a possible burial ground for Roman headhunting victims in the capital.

The remains of 40 Romans were found at 52-63 London Wall in 1988 but forensic analysis has only recently finished.

Forensic experts have said the City of London location is the likely burial site of Roman headhunter victims or defeated gladiators and possibly both.

A Museum of London spokeswoman said the findings were a "tantalising prospect".

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Treasure hunters found nearly 1,000 items in 2012

Amateur archaeologists with metal detectors found 990 items classified as treasure during 2012, according to figures from the British Museum.

All of the rare coins, rings and brooches contain gold or silver, and many date back more than 1,200 years.

The public reported more than 74,000 other historical items to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which experts say has "revolutionised archaeology".

More than 900,000 objects have been reported since it started in 1997.

The verification process takes several months, which is why the items submitted in 2012 are only being detailed now.

Archaeologists find suspected remains of Alfred the Great in Winchester

Archaeologists believe they may have found the remains of Alfred the Great after radiocarbon dating a tell-tale pelvis bone, found in a Victorian pit dig at Winchester’s medieval Hyde Abbey during the 1990s but left in a box at the town’s museum.

Excavated during a community dig at the former monastery between 1995 and 1999, the bones had been damaged by antiquarian activity and considered unremarkable. But new research has shown that they are likely to represent a man aged between 26 and 45, buried between 895 and 1017 AD – matching the profile of the 10th century English ruler or his son and successor, Edward.

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Friday, 10 January 2014

Gold treasure found in brambles in Newcastle by metal detector

A RARE 17th century gold ring found with a metal detector is set to be snapped by Stoke-on-Trent's biggest museum.

The mourning ring was unearthed underneath some brambles in the Newcastle area in June 2010.

It has been declared treasure and is currently being stored at The British Museum, in London.

But it is understood that The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, in Hanley, is bidding to bring the antique back to North Staffordshire.

Finder Peter Amison, of Hazelhurst Road, Chell, said: "I found the ring in June 2010 while metal detecting. I was clearing some brambles and grass in the area and came across a ring. It was only when I spoke to an antique trader that I realised the significance of the piece."

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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Volunteers learn archaeological survey techniques

Volunteers will be taught to use survey equipment in a major archaeology project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The £76,000 Swaledale Big Dig in the Yorkshire Dales National Park aims to uncover the history of the Fremlington, Reeth and Grinton areas, bringing together professional and community groups to do so. The project will be launched in March with a talk by Time Team archaeologist Dr Carenza Lewis from Cambridge University.

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Rare 16th century English shilling found buried in Victoria mud flats

VICTORIA - Bruce Campbell was just looking for a way to get off the couch and out of the house. He had no plans to help rewrite history.

The 59-year-old Victoria man retired last year from installing security systems and took up metal detecting as a hobby.

So it was that he and a friend were out on the Gorge in early December looking for treasure.

“He went one way and I went the other, and I ended up on the mud flats on the Gorge, just down by Curtis Point,” Campbell said.

It was midday and the tide was low and Campbell’s metal detector was working overtime.

First, he found an 1891 Canadian nickel.

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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Bishop of Leicester: 'Richard III will be buried in Leicester'

The Bishop of Leicester has said there is "no doubt in his mind" Richard III will be reburied in the city.

When bones discovered under a car park in the city were confirmed as the king's the government granted a licence for them to be reinterred in Leicester.

But the Plantagenet Alliance - distant relatives of Richard III - want him buried in York, and have won a judicial review into the decision.

The Right Reverend Tim Stevens said he should rest close to "where he fell".

The king, who reigned from 1483, was killed in the final battle of the Wars of the Roses at Bosworth field in Leicestershire in 1485.

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