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Detectorists strike gold in Staffordshire field

"Two metal detecting friends have found a hoard of superb Iron Age gold jewellery after returning to a Staffordshire field where they previously found nothing and became so bored that they gave up the hobby and turned to fishing for 20 years.
The four Iron Age gold torcs – three collars and a bracelet-sized piece, including two made of twisted gold wire, two with trumpet shaped finials and one with beautiful Celtic ornament – are of international importance.
The pieces were made in present-day Germany or France, possibly in the third or fourth century BC and, according to Julia Farley of the British Museum, are some of the oldest examples of Iron Age gold, and of Celtic ornament, ever found in Britain. They could have arrived through trade or on the neck and arms of an extremely wealthy immigrant ...."
tjj Posted by tjj
28th February 2017ce

Comments (3)

They certainly persevered, good on them :-) drewbhoy Posted by drewbhoy
28th February 2017ce
I'd like to think that they spent 20 years planning how to turn this into a BBC2 sitcom, possibly starring Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
28th February 2017ce
This is brilliant. Good on them. What an exceptionally cool thing to happen to a couple of pals. They can raise a few pints to this one. Howburn Digger Posted by Howburn Digger
28th February 2017ce
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