Gold Tudor ring circa 1440-1600 AD found in Yorkshire, UK

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Lee Rossiter is a members of the Yorkshire Searchers and only been metal detecting for 18 months said he was amazed to find find such a lovely ring but almost threw it away because he thought it was costume jewelery.

Before discarding the object he decided to show it to some other members of the metal detecting group and the organiser Stuart Littlewood who gasped for breath and informed him he had probably found Tudor Gold.

After checking with the local ‘Finds Liason Officer’ from the Portable Antiquities Scheme based in Wakefield – it was indeed confirmed as a Tudor gold ring from approx 1440 – 1600 AD. The gold ring is now property of the Crown, but Lee gets to keep it for a short time whilst the ‘Treasure trove’ process is initiated.
It is thought the ring will eventually be acquired by a museum local to the find spot – which is being kept secret for the time being.  Yorkshire Searchers

New Mexico Millionaire Lures Treasure Hunters With Hidden Chest

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More than five years ago, art collector and author Forrest Fenn decided to hide a treasure chest in the Rocky Mountains. Since then, he says tens of thousands of people have tried to find it.

The 84-year old millionaire, who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, left clues in his book, “The Thrill of the Chase” — but so far, no one has been successful.

“I think it’s out of control,” Fenn told ABC Albuquerque affiliate KOAT, estimating that 30,000 people looked for the treasure last summer and that 50,000 may look for the treasure this summer.

Fenn has never revealed the value of the treasure chest — which measures 10 inches by 10 inches — but the New Mexico Tourism Department estimates the value to be as much as $2 million…Read More (

Volunteers bring Montana gold mining ghost town to life

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Pictured here is one of the main buildings in Garnet, which has been mostly left untouched since the early 1900s. (

An old Montana gold mining outpost has gone from ghost town to boomtown.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is giving four history buffs the chance to live in Garnet, a preserved mining town on public land in Montana. But they’ll have to help maintain it and they won’t have the creature comforts of the current century.

“It’s primitive, to say the least,” U.S. Bureau of Land Management Ranger Nacoma Gainan told the the Missoulian. “It’s for people who love the outdoors and want to give back. There’s no electricity, no Wi-Fi and no running water. But there are trails to explore, artifacts to inspect. Volunteers are really left to their own devices after the visitors are gone.”…Read More (

Treasure hunter: How I thought a 700-year-old ring was a Coke can ring pull

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Paul Buxey was expecting, after his metal detector went off yet again, to frustratingly find it was yet another ring pull from a Coke can. Instead the electrician got a shock when he discovered, as he bent down to the soil in a field in Shipton-on-Cherwell, it was actually a 700-year-old a medieval gold ring.

He had been out with his metal detecting club, The Metal Detectives, a year ago and said just prior to his discovery he had come across three Coca-Cola can ring pulls “which give a very similar signal” to the gold ring…MORE (


Oregon: Blind woman + metal detector = buried treasure

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Roberts, who is legally blind, is tuned into the beeps of her metal detector, digging up what others cannot see. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)

An 1898 Indian Head penny. A pinback button from the Loyal Legion of Loggers and Lumbermen, circa 1917. A student’s 1987-88 Churchill High School ID card. A still-full nitrous oxide tank.

Those are just some of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of things Janet Roberts has unearthed with her metal detector on Skinner Butte during the past year or so.“It’s amazing what you can find out there,” says Roberts, 58, a longtime PeaceHealth employee…MORE (Register-Guard)


Wales: Man found Bronze Age ring in Rossett field…then discovered another in same spot nine months later

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Gary Porter: A metal detector enthusiast discovered a Bronze Age lock ring in a field in Rossett – and then found another in the same spot nine months later.

John Adamson, who has been hunting ancient artefacts since the age of 12, says he was “overjoyed” by his discoveries, which date back some 3,000 years to between 1,000 BC and 800 BC.

Only four of the gold penannular rings had ever been found in Wales prior to the 47-year-old’s double discovery.

The fitter from Runcorn came across the first lock ring within 45 minutes of scouring farm land in Rossett on June 1, 2012, a treasure inquest at Ruthin heard today…Read More (

Gold Looted From Ancient Empire Returned to Romania

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Romania- CCbySA WikipediaAndrew Curry: The first of what archaeologist Barbara Deppert-Lippitz calls the “most sensational finds of the last century” surfaced not in a museum but at Christie’s in New York. Among more than a hundred pieces of ancient jewelry for sale on December 8, 1999, was Lot 26, a spiraling, snake-shaped gold bracelet that the auction house identified as a “massive Greek or Thracian gold armband.”

Christie’s estimated it would sell for as much as $100,000. When the bidding stalled at $65,000, the sale was called off—and the bracelet and its owner disappeared back into the shadowy underworld of ancient artifacts.

It took years for archaeologists and law enforcement officials in Romania to connect the armband to reports of looting in the country’s central mountains. Though it has never been recovered, Lot 26 set off an international search to recover the lost heirlooms of Dacia, an empire that was once a mighty rival to ancient Rome…Continue (National Geographic)