Viking silver coin hoard found in Furness, England, declared treasure
A Viking hoard of silver coins and artefacts uncovered in the Cumbrian countryside has been formally declared treasure. A metal detectorist discovered the 92 silver coins and artefacts at an undisclosed site in Furness. South and East Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith ruled the collection is treasure. The collection, which also includes ingots and a silver bracelet, was valued at tens of thousands of pounds.
Britain: An amateur treasure-seeker's paradise - Government and museums approve detection by general public
Britain is filled with buried treasures and the masses have been bitten by the bug for digging it up - with the approval of the government and leading museums. Figures released by the British Museum showed a jump in the number of antiquities and historic objects classed as treasure being found by ordinary citizens with a passion for history. In 2010, over 90,000 archaeological objects were reported to museums across the country - a 36% rise on 2009 - through what is known as the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).
Treasure-hunting vacations: Searching for gems, gold and pirate booty
Making money while on a vacation isn't a common occurrence, but treasure hunting holidays do exists, varying from seeking pirates' buried treasure or gold in California rivers, to exploring gem caves of the American Midwest or combing beaches with a metal detector. Adventure holidays aimed at part-time treasure hunters don't guarantee that you will end up being a millionaire, but the thrill of the search is half the fun - and there is always a possibility of finding something really valuable.
75-years-old metal-detecting enthusiast finds hoard of 3,600 coins in field near York
Metal detecting is not about your age: Some time ago 3-year-old James Hyatt discovered a gold pendant worth £2.5million, and now 75-year-old Marjorie Dandy's metal detector unearthed a hoard of 3,600 coins from the third century in a field near York in UK. "[After founding a few coins] I thought: it must be a hoard. I was very excited. You could hear my heart beat half a mile away. Everybody dreams of something like that."
3-year-old James Hyatt unearths £2.5m gold locket on his first metal detecting expedition (photos)
3-year-old James Hyatt was 5 minutes into his first ever attempt at metal detecting when he discovered a 16th century gold reliquary pendant (used for holding religious relics) worth £2.5million at a field in Hockley, Essex, UK.
Mother-daughter treasure hunters find $885K gold bird with metal detector
Bonnie Schubert and her mother have hunted treasure along Florida's coast for decades, usually ending up with fishing lures and beer cans. But in August 2010, their metal detector hit a 22-carat solid gold bird.
Spanish armada sets sail to lay claim to hundreds of wrecks before US firm Odyssey
Spain has sent an armada into waters around its coasts to locate and lay claim to shipwrecks to stave off US marine exploration firm Odyssey - accused of collecting Spanish treasures from the seabed.
Treasure hunter finds rare antique: a Roman bronze helmet with face-mask
A metal detector hobbyist in Cumbria has discovered a Roman bronze helmet complete with face-mask - one of only 3 of its kind to be found in Britain. The helmet would have been worn, with colourful streamers attached, as a mark of excellence by Roman soldiers at sport parades. The helmet is estimated to fetch £300,000 at Christie's Antiquities auction. The Crosby Garrett Helmet has been named after the hamlet in Cumbria where it was discovered by the treasure hunter. Christie's described the find as an "extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith" and "the discovery of a lifetime" for a metal detectorist.