Staffordshire Hoard
Silver gilt strip bearing a Biblical inscription in Latin.
Located at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery at Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom and discovered in 2009 at Hammerwich near Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, the Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver found. Artefacts dates to the 6th, 7th to early 8th centuries. The hoard consists of approximately 3,500 pieces, comprising up to 5 kg (11 lb) of gold and 1.3 kg (2.9 lb) of silver. On 25 November 2009 the hoard was valued by the Treasure Valuation Committee at GBP 3.285 million, which, under the provisions of the 1996 Treasure Act, is the sum that must be paid as a reward to the finder and landowner.
Zoomorphic Mount, used as a shield decoration.
Sword pyramid, for securing a sword handle in place.
Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs. Mark Hambleton and Joe Kania uncovered three gold necklaces and one bracelet in Staffordshire. The collection has been named the Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs and believed to be around 2500 years old.  It features some earliest Celtic art ever discovered. The items were found close together, the reason why they were buried is not known, possibilities are an act of remembrance after their owner died, for safekeeping or an offering to the gods. Dr Julia Farley, curator of British & European Iron Age collections for the British Museum says that the torcs were probably worn by wealthy and powerful women.  Piecing together how these objects came to be carefully buried in a Staffordshire field will provide invaluable insight into life in Iron Age Britain.
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Leekfrith Iron Age Torcs
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5 July 2009
  Unique Medieval Treasure.                                                                                                                                             27 April 2017 Mr. Peter Fergus, from Devon discovered this unique artefact, which was officially declared a treasure.  Dating between the sixth and 11th centuries, nothing alike has been found before.  Decribed as a very small lid of a gilded silver box with dimentions of 30mm (1.2") long, 15mm (0.6") wide, 8mm (0.3") high and weighs 11.29g (0.4oz). Experts believes boxes like these were used to protect physical remains of religious figures or saints, such as bones, pieces of clothing, or other objects like a piece of a holy cross. The item was unearthed around nine inches (23cm) in the ground on farmland at nearby Wembury.
Medieval ring found in Robin Hood's Sherwood Forrest.                                                                                             29 December 2016 Estimated to be worth £70 000, this medieval ring was discovered by Mr. Mark Thompson in the famous Nottinghamshire woodland.  It is believed to date from 14th centuary.  The gold ring, with a precious blue sapphire embedded, has the image of an infant Christ engraved on one side and that of a Saint on the other.  A regional finds liaison officer, Dot Boughton, confirmed that the case has been referred to the coroner to be formally declared a treasure, following tests at the British Museum.  Mr. Thompson says that he found the ring within 20 minutes while searching with his metal detector in the forrest and making this find could completely change his life.
Gold and silver coins hoard and medieval ring.                                                                                                                                     18 June  2015 In 2012 Mr. Cliff Massey from Wrexham discovered a hoard of three 23 carat gold and twenty five silver coins in a field in Bronington.  They were buried or lost together after 1465 and are from the reign of Edward III, Richard II, Henry VI. On the same field in 2014, Mr.Massey found a gold ring with cabochon blue sapphire, dating from the 15th century. These items are estimated to be worth thousands and have been declared a treasure. The coins and medieval ring are currently at the National Museum of Wales but Wrexham County Borough Museum hopes to acquire them. 
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Mr. David Blakey from Hartlepool, discovered the largest hoard of Roman coins one morning while he was searching on a field in Wold Newton, East Yorkshire.  He almost did not make the discovery as he was just about to go for lunch and a rest following an unproductive morning, when his metal detector sounded as it was moving over the target. Named the Wold Newton Hoard, it contains an astonishing 1,857 Roman coins and dates around 307 CE, featuring coins representing Constantius and also the first coins to proclaim his son, Constantine, Augustus following his instatement as emperor in York. The haul is believed to have been the equivalent of an annual salary for a Roman soldier in that era. It has been evaluated to be worth £44,200 today. The curator of numismatics at the Yorkshire Museum, Mr. Andrwe Woods, said that the find is absolutely stunning and has a irrefutable connection to one of the most signifcant periods in the Roman history of York.  This was a crucial time in York's history and that of the western world as there was great uncertainty in the empire, because several Roman powers seek to challenge the claim Constantine had as emperor. The hoard, as well as the original ceramic vase it was found in, which remained fairly well intact, is currently on display at the Yorkshire Museum.  There are still mysteries surrounding the hoard as to why it was buried and to whom it belonged to.   
Largest hoard of Roman coins
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Metal detectorist discovers rare 400 year old civil war pistol on a beach.                                                                         3 June 2017     Mr. Tony Collins found a rare officer’s pistol dating from the civil war era in St Aubin's Bay, Jersey while metal detecting on the beach. The item was declared an important find by Mr. Neil Mahrer, the coservator at Jersey Heritage. Mr. Mahrer said that there has been a lot of weapons found from later periods and this one is a unique find because it is the only one he has seen to date from the 17th century and also in remarkably good condition with the metal still intact.  During that era, this specific weapon was very expensive and complicated to make due to it’s special clockwork mechanism. The black sand at the beach in St.Aubin’s Bay is low in oxygen content, hence the well preserved condition of the materials. The likely reason the weapon ended up buried under sand on the beach is that it was dropped by an officer while boarding a ship and
later washed up on the shore.  The pistol is expected to go on display following X-Rays and a delicate conservation which involves carefully separating the metal parts from the wood.  Following a drying process, it will be rebuilt.
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Largest hoard of Bronze Age axes found.                                                                   30 May 2017 Joakim and Jørgen Korstad, brothers from Stjørdal in Norway found nine socketed axes, a spearhead, a casting mould and fragment of a bronze lur while metal detecting in a field in the village of Hegra, 44 km east of Trondheim, which lead to the discovery of 30 Bronze age artefacts which dates around 1100-500 BCE (aproximately 3000 years ago). Mr. Merete Moe Henriksen who is the archaeologist and researcher at NTNU's Department of Archaeology and Cultural History says the discovery contained spearheads and 24 axe heads in good condition which is one of the largest hoards of the kind ever found in Norway. The reason why these objects were buried together has not been determined yet, but the
archaeologist, Mr. Hendriksen, suggested possibilities are as a part of a religious sacrifice or temporary cache with the intention to recast the metal later on. The artefacts will be displayed in a local museum in Stjørdal.
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Mark Volleberg found 23 Roman gold coins while metal detecting on an orchard in Lienden, a village outside Buren in the central Dutch province of Gelderland. Metal detectorists Dik van Ommeren and Cees-Jan van de Pol also discovered eight gold coins on the same orchard in 2012. Archival research revealed Roman gold has been found on the same property since 1840.  The land originally belonged to Baron van Brakell. Further finds were made in 1905 and again in 1916.  A total of 42 pieces were unearthed over the years there.  Unfortunately the whereabouts of the earlier found coins are unknown. All are solidi which was a pure gold coin issued originally by Constantine in the late Roman Empire and then by following emperors and minted over more than 80 years, dating to the late 4th, early 5th century.  A diversity of time periods and emperors
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The hoard includes a solidus minted by Emperor Flavius Julius Valerius Majorianus (c. AD 420 – August 7, 461) which was the last known Roman tax coin from the Netherlands and the West. The National Service for Cultural Heritage carried out an excavation on the land.  No more related items or clues as to why they were buried there was found. During the exacvation archaeologists discovered a tomb with bones, but carbon dating revealed it was inhumation burials dating to a time far earlier, approximately 1800 B.C. (Middle Bronze Age). Archaeologists believes the hoard was buried around 460 A.D.and the Middle Bronze Age tomb was likely on what was then a hill which would have been a recognizable spot on the landscape and easy to find once the depositor was ready to collect it. The hill was likely flattened in the 1840s to create farmland. At that time the coins started turning up.  The coins are now on display at Museum Valkhof in Nijmegen.  
Largest solidus hoard in the Netherlands uncovered.
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is not uncommon for late Roman solidus hoards. These coins were not in regular cirulaion because they were very valuable and worth years of pay for most workers, therefore, those who owned them collected and hoarded them for years, even generations.
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World War II plane.                                                                                                                   14 May 2017 14 year old Daniel Rom Kristiansen from Birkelse, Denmark, put his metal detector to work and made a remarkable discovery after his father shared a memory of a story his grandfather told him about his family making Christmas cookies in December 1944 when a World War II plane which crashed on their farmland. Daniel's father, an agricultural worker, having never in 40 years, neither his relatives who have worked on the land for decades, seen any evidence to suspect the plane was still on the property, believed the wreckage had been removed years before, but Daniel decided he wanted to search the field any way. A signal sounded and they uncovered some metal fragments, but realized they will need to dig much
  deeper and borrowed an excavator  from a neighbour.  A few meters down there were thousands of metal pieces, which initially did not represent a plane, more digging revealed the motor of an engine from a Bf 109 Messerschmitt plane, Luftwaffe munitions, then the skeleton of the pilot with parts of his clothes, a wallet with money and a small Bible. Following their report to the authorities about the find, the North Jutland Police closed the crash site for investigation and a bomb disposal team was dispatched, as there were ammunition found as well.  The plane parts and pilot's possessions are at the Historical Museum of Northen Jutland. Mr.Torben Sarauw, curator at the museum, believes the pilot came from a city nearby named Aalborg where there was a training base for German pilots, as there were some food stamps found for the canteen of that base. Forensic experts are working to recover the remains of the deceased pilot.  Following definite identification, his relatives will be notified and he will likely be buried in Germany.
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Jawbone with golden teeth.                                                                                                                                                                                                    14 June 2017 Mr.Isaac Jones from Nevada City discovered half a jaw bone with two intact golden teeth while metal detecting near Edwards Crossing, a historic bridge which gold prospectors mining for gold in the area use to cross the Yuba River. The remains have been turned over to Nevada County Sheriff. Captain Paul Schmitt said that they will be sending it to a forensic anthropologist. It can take up to 6 months for scientists to determine the age and if there is DNA or dental records. It is possible that this could be the remains of an old miner or a missing person and may possibly bring closure to a grieving family.
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Roman Statue Ear.                                                                                                                                                                                                              15 July 2017 A three inches (eight centimeters) long ear from a life size bronze Roman statue has been unearthed by a metal detectorist in the village of Brompton-on-Swale, close to a Roman fort and settlement Cataractonium, today known as Catterick, North Yorkshire and was confirmed to date back to 200AD (1800 years old). Experts believe it broke off during transport and was never recovered to be refitted. It is one of the oldest relics of its kind ever found in Britain, incredibly rare, very detailed and of high level craftmanship.   The find was made near Dere street, which is a road built by the ancient Romans, the A1 runs along side it today. The Roman relic was documented with a recorder of archaeological objects found by members of the public named the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  It will be sold for an estimated £300.
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Hidden trunk of World War 2 soldier.                                                                   28 July 2017 A trunk containing the perfectly preserved possesions and uniform of a Nazi German soldier fighting on the Eastern Front has been unearthed in Nevsky Pyatachok, Russia. Amongst some of the possesions found in the trunk are alcohol, cigars, uniform, shoes and a wallet with German currency.
Historians will be working on determining who the owner is and tracking down their relatives. This can be difficult and time consuming task. On June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany declared war on Russia and began it’s invasion, breaking a non-aggression pact.  This war on the Eastern Front lasted until 1945.
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Medieval longsword.                                                                                                                                                                       26 June 2017 Mr.Wojciech Kot from Mircze, Poland found an intact late medieval longsword in a peat bog. The find has been handed over to Stanislw Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów. The exact location of where it was found is kept secret. The sword has a cruciform handle and missing its original hilt, which would have been made out of  either, antler, wood or bone.  It is corroded due to the time spent buried in wetland, but intact from pommel to tip. Its excellent condition reveals that there are no signs of it deliberately discarded. Mr. Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of Stanisław Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów said that it is possible that the knight was pulled into the mash or lost his sword in the peat bog. These items in original form had a surprisingly low weight of just 1.5 kilos (3.3 lbs) despite its size of 120 centimeters (4 feet) long.  The sword was an agile weapon for  knights in battle during the 14th century with its light weight, long reach                                                                     
and elongated grip for two-handed use.  A unique mark of an isosceles cross inside an heraldic shield is displayed on the back and the symbol represents the maker's mark engraved by a blacksmith. Historical records reveal that the site where the item was uncovered was at first populated by few hunting lodges surrounded by forest.  The region was part of Ruthenia (Kievan Rus) at the time and later part of the Kingdom of Poland in 1366, following the dissolution of the Rus. A castle was built by the Polish governor in Hrubieszow during the late 14th century. It is possible that the knight to whom the sword belonged may have been in the area as there were employment opportunity at the time.  Archaeologists will carry out an excavation in hopes of finding additional related artifacts.The sword is currently in Warsaw, where it will be conserved, stabilized and analyzed by experts.  Any marks may be useful in helping to identify the owner, for example characters engraved on the blade's top, beneath the handle indicates a particular family or knight.  Following these procedures, it will be returned to the museum in Hrubieszów, where it will go on display.  Finds of this kind are often without knowledge of the area, specifically the exact spot where it was found.  Due to the responsible action of Mr.Wojcieh Kot, who declared the item, including the place of origin, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage will grant him a reward.
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Two rare Viking coins found in Northern Ireland.                                                                                                                                                              19 August 2017 Mr. Brian Morton, a full-time carer from Moneymore, was treasure hunting on a farmland in Newcastle, County Down when he discovered two rare Viking coins. These coins are a rare type of Hiberno-Manx, mainly circulated  in the Isle of Man during the eleventh century and made of 93% silver. It is the first of their kind to be found in Northen Ireland. Experts believe they may have been dispossessed during a Viking raid on a monastery at Maghera. Vikings commenced their attacks on Ireland around 800 AD, where they stayed until 1169, up to the time of the Norman invasion. Taking in to consideration that the coins were found at a location with no significant landmark or indicator and 5 feet (1.5m) apart, it is suggested by a former coin curator at the Ulster Museum that they were dropped and not deliberately buried.
The Belfast authorities officially declared the coins as a treasure and they have been sent to the British Museum for valuation. National Museums Northern Ireland and Ulster Museum will both try to obtain these artefacts.
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