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Rare Bronze Age gold lunula detected in Dorset

When David Spohr dug into a Dorset cow-field after his metal detector gave a signal, he thought at first that he’d found nothing more than an old sardine tin. But as he dug deeper, he could scarcely believe his eyes. For the 55-year-old precision grinder from Creekmoor, Poole, realised he had struck gold – literally.…

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Malacca Sultanate ancient amulets unearthed in Malaysia

At the stroke of midnight on April 30, the company, carrying out a hunt for a multi-billion Ringgit treasure belonging to the Malacca Sultanate on Pulau Nangka stumbled upon two bronze medallion-like artefacts. Each medallion measures around 6 centimetres. They are believed to be ancient Majapahit amulets from the Majapahit empire. Majapahit was one of…

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Ancient coin hoard in India

Ancient coins unearthed a decade ago in Nabarangpur district will be displayed to the public and researched by numismatists and epigraphists at the State Museum. The rare coins, which are now in the safe custody of the Nabarangpur district treasury, will shortly be moved to the State Museum for detailed study. In 2003-04, villagers discovered…

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Sevso Hoard returns to Budapest

The recent return of seven of the 14 pieces of Roman silver to Hungary from the UK is a positive development in the find’s sad history. It is suggested the treasure have been discovered—the circumstances remain unclear—in the 1970s. That the late Peter Wilson, formerly the chairman of Sotheby’s, should have started acquiring pieces of…

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Teacher by day, an archaeologist by night

A school teacher by day and urban archaeologist by night, Matthew Finley is putting a modern face on the hobby of metal detecting, once considered the exclusive domain of elderly men looking for loose change on the beach. Raised in Savannah since age 9, Finley got his first metal detector the Christmas after he graduated…

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Jersey coin hoard extraction done in public

Work uncovering the mystery of the world’s largest hoard of Celtic coins will be the focal point of a new exposition at the Jersey Museum. Jersey Heritage Trust conservator Neil Mahrer and his crew will work inside a large glass room – on view to the public. The hoard was discovered by two metal detecting…