Earliest example of Iron Age gold ever found in Britain

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Intricate jewellery found buried in a Staffordshire field is the earliest example of Iron Age gold ever found in Britain.

The collection, made up of four twisted metal neckbands, called torcs and a bracelet, was discovered by two metal detectorists just before Christmas.

Experts say they would have been owned by wealthy powerful women who probably moved from continental Europe to marry rich Iron Age chiefs…more (UK Telegraph)

Operation Gold Rush with Dan Snow – The BBC Retraces the Yukon Trek

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In an epic adventure, historian Dan Snow follows in the footsteps of the 19th century’s last great gold rush.

A journey filled with genuine danger and thrilling beauty. Leading a one month expedition he’s joined by polar explorer Felicity Aston and remote environment medic Dr Kevin Fong. Their goal – to strike gold in Canada’s frozen wilderness.

So far the team have travelled just thirty of the nearly six hundred mile journey to the gold fields. Having made their way across the Alaskan Coastal Mountains they now face a very different challenge: the treacherous Canadian Lakes and rivers…MORE at BBC (bbc.co.uk)

UK: Tudor ‘Love Ring’ found by Newbie Metal Detectorist

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tudor-ringThe rare Tudor ring, which has a ruby and an emerald in a flower-shaped form, was found by Lee Rossiter in Green Hammerton on 19 April last year.

Mr Rossiter only took up metal detecting 18 months before the discovery.

“When I first found the ring, I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said.

“Until then I had only found the odd silver coin, but this looked like a proper piece of jewellery, which seemed to be made of gold.” MORE (bbc.co.uk)

UK Treasure Hunters find 7,800 Ancient Roman Coins

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Ronald Lees and Rick Parker discovered 7,800 ancient Roman coins in a field in Cheshire. According to the British Museum’s Richard Abdy the hoard contains the following:

  • 1,902 coins from the reign of Tetricus I
  • 745 coins from the reign of Tetricus II
  • 1,670 coins from the reign of Victorinus (269-71 CE)
  • 899 coins from the reign of Gallienus (260-68 CE)
  • 599 coins from the reign of Claudius II (268-70 CE)
  • 354 coins from the reign of Posthumus (260-69 CE)
  • Plus over 1,000 other coins

Full Story here (MessengerNewspapers.co.uk)

1851 Australian Gold Rush: Bathurst, New South Wales

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Large gold specimen from the Ballarat mines
Large gold specimen from the Ballarat mines, weight over 150 grams. Photo: Rob Lavinsky, CC-BY-SA-3.0

Edward Hargraves, accompanied by John Lister, found five specks of alluvial gold at Summerhill near Bathurst in February 1851. Then, in April 1851, John Lister and William Tom, trained by Edward Hargraves, found 120 grams of gold. This discovery, instigated by Hargraves, led directly to the beginning of the gold rush in New South Wales. This was the first gold rush in Australia and was in full operation by May 1851,[68] even before it was officially proclaimed on 14 May 1851,[42] with already an estimated 300 diggers in place by 15 May 1851.[69] Before 14 May 1851 gold was already flowing from Bathurst to Sydney,[70] an example being when Edward Austin[71] brought to Sydney a nugget of gold worth £35, which had been found in the Bathurst District.

In 1872 a large gold and quartz “Holtermann Nugget” discovered by the night shift in a mine part owned by Bernhardt Holtermann at Hill End, near Bathurst, New South Wales: the largest specimen of reef gold ever found, 1.5 meters (59 inches) long, weighing 286 kg (630 pounds), in Hill End, near Bathurst, and with an estimated gold content of 5000 ounces (57 kg). More Australian Gold History Click Here

Gold fever: how to be a gold prospector in Western Australia

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Western Australia gold nugget Photo: Bill O'Connor
Western Australia gold nugget Photo: Bill O’Connor

Prospecting is the stuff of legend and fantasy, and plenty of people dream about finding the precious metal synonymous with wealth.

Gold prices are up around 15 per cent so far this year, making now a tempting time to have a crack at searching for gold.

But for some prospecting has become a way of life, regardless of the gold price.

Bill O’Connor, who has created a detailed website called Gold Prospecting in WA, has been prowling for gold since retiring from his job at Australia Post in 2005…

…Also you need a pickaxe, map, training and a $25 Miner’s Right — the type of licence required for gold prospecting, which is available from WA government agency, the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP)…MORE (Abc.net.au)

Ancient Crucifix Found in Denmark, May Change Historical Record

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Crucifix, found by an amateur metal detector Photo:The Viking Museum Ladby
Crucifix, found by an amateur metal detector Photo:The Viking Museum Ladby

An amateur metal detector has made a discovery that experts think could change our understanding of Christianity in Denmark.

Dennis Fabricius Holm was enjoying an afternoon off work when he found a Birka crucifix pendant in a field near the town of Aunslev, Østfyn.

“I got off early on Friday, so I took just a few hours, I went around with my metal detector and then I came suddenly on something,” Mr Holm told DK.

“Since I cleared the mud and saw the jewellery, I have not been able to think of anything else.”…

…The dating of the crucifix, estimated at being from 900 – 950AD, is significant because it would indicate Danes embraced Christianity earlier than previously thought….MORE (Independent.co.uk)