Saturday, July 10, 2010
Does anyone use hand-held metal detectors recreationally anymore ("for fun and profit")? I haven't seen anyone using one in years myself, maybe even decades. But in Britain they are still used a little more widely. Surprisingly frequently, average guys with metal detectors will turn up finds of great historical significance from the Dark Ages or even Roman times. News of another such find broke yesterday. According to a CNN article HERE, a hospital chef named Dave Crisp found a cache of 52,000 Roman coins worth over $1 million in a field in southwestern England. You can watch a 1 minute news report on this find HERE. Last September, another amateur with a metal detector found a horde of Anglo Saxon gold treasure from the 8th Century in a different English field. You can watch a 2 minute news report about that find from CNN HERE.