Discovering a Viking hoard: A day in the life of a metal detectorist
Metal detecting enthusiast Derek McLennan`s recent discovery of Viking-age artefacts at a site in Dumfries and Galloway is both spectacular and impressive. Not only did he uncover a hoard of Viking-age artefacts, but this is his third major discovery in less than a year.
I dug up £100,000 worth of Roman gold coins the first time I tried metal detecting
Wesley Carrington was using the most basic metal detector when 20 minutes into his first foray he found 55 gold solidus dating back more than 1,600 years. He had begun his search in woodlands near St Albans, Herts, after watching video clips on metal detecting on YouTube. Carrington said "I just thought I would give it a go. I would say after about 20 minutes it beeped. I found a coin that was gold-coloured, with a Roman figure on it." The value of the hoard, believed to be more than £100,000, will then be split between Carrington and the landowner.
Two metal detector enthusiast locate huge cache of Iron Age coins after 30-year search
Two metal detector enthusiasts from Jersey uncovered what could be Europe's largest hoard of Iron Age coins - after a search spanning 30 years. Reg Mead and Richard Miles began their hunt after a woman told them her father had found coins in a field some years before. But the woman could only give the pair a rough location for the discovery. And to complicate things further, the field's owner would only allow them to look for a short time each year after the crop was harvested. However, their perseverance has paid off after they found the huge stash of Roman and Celtic coins, which could be worth £10m.
Amateur treasure hunter finds 14th century heart-shaped gold brooch worth £25,000 in farmer's field
Shaped like a heart - and with two hands clasped together in decorative sleeves at its base - this piece of jewellery may be tiny but it was to prove an enormous find for one lucky metal detector enthusiast. Stan Cooper unearthed the 2.5cm gold brooch from farmer's field near Sandbach, Cheshire - and was initially unaware of its true provenance. But the item has now been dated to between 1350 and 1450 and is thought to have been a betrothal gift because the hands appear to be male and female. Furthermore, it is worth £25,000.
Treasure hunter returns to the spot where he found gold coins 28 years ago, and discovers medieval gold ring
The saying goes that lighting never strikes twice, and the same could be said for finding treasure. But that's exactly what happened for George McKean who struck gold in the same spot where he found a hoard of coins 28 years ago. He and his brother-in-law first found 41 gold coins and a ring on the Duke of Westminster's estate in Huntington, Staffordshire in 1986. This time he unearthed a medieval gold ring with an engraving of St Christopher - the patron saint of travel - and a sliver coin which has been dated to the 1420s when King Henry VI was on the throne.
30,000 Roman coins found near Roman Baths in Bath
More than 30,000 Roman coins were found by archaeologists working in Bath in 2007, it has been made public. The silver coins date from 270AD and have been described as the fifth largest UK hoard ever found. The size of the find is not as large as the Frome Hoard in April 2010 when more than 53,500 coins were discovered by metal detectorist Dave Crisp near Frome in Somerset.
Treasure hunter Greg Brooks claims to have found WWII wreck containing platinum worth $3 billion
A treasure hunter claims to have located the wreck of a bombed British merchant ship containing platinum bars worth $3billion. If the theory is right, the ship, which was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in 1942 in the Second World War, could be one of the richest sunken treasure troves ever discovered. Greg Brooks, of Sub Sea Research in Gorham, Maine, announced the wreck, sitting in 700 feet of water 50 miles off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is that of the S.S. Port Nicholson.
Treasure hunter John Bradbury finds Tudor ring
A metal detecting enthusiastic has struck gold after stumbling across a ring that is centuries old. John Bradbury was out metal detecting with friends in North Yorkshire when he discovered the ring which he dates back over 500 years to the Tudor era. The posey ring, which could be worth £6,000, is engraved with the words "Constant I Will Until I Die" on the inside. He says he knew it was Tudor because of the font of the engraving and lack of a hallmark, which were introduced on a wider scale in the 17th Century.