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.
Metal detector fans find two priceless artefacts: 16th century gold ring, 13th century silver dagge
Two metal detectorists have unearthed priceless items dating back centuries, an inquest in Welshpool revealed. A gold ring dating back to the late 16th/early 17th century, inscribed with the italic words, "forget-me-not" was discovered by Simon Chiles in farmland at Sarn. And a remnant of a very rare silver dagger dating back to the 13th or 14th century was discovered on farmland at Brecon by Stephen Williams. "The chape is the lower end of a silver dagger ... which is at least 10% silver. Such examples from this Anglo-Norman period are virtually unknown, they were latterly made of sheet metal," explained Mark Redknapp, curator of the National Museum of Wales.
A history buff finds part of an ancient sword handle while metal detecting in Gloucestershire
A history buff has discovered a piece of weaponry thought to be one of the rarest ever dug up in Gloucestershire. Steve Taylor found part of an ancient sword handle while metal detecting on a farm near Cirencester. The bronze head, fitted to the end of a Celtic sword to keep the blade in place, is worth 5,000 pounds. Steve has given the artefact, which dates from 200-400BC, to Cirencester's Corinium Museum as part of a long-term loan arrangement. Steve uses a high-tech metal detector to browse the countryside for valuable items - he has been treasure hunting for 25 years and 2 years ago he found a haul of Roman coins in the Cotswolds.
Archaeology enthusiast an finds Bronze Age axe with metal detector (Article no longer available from the original source)
Archaeology enthusiast Roy Crick was lucky enough to unearth one of the rarest items found in Warwickshire. He detected a Bronze-age axe - guessed to be from between 700 and 900 BC - while digging with fellow members of the Coventry Heritage Metal Detectors Society. But the secret of where exactly he discovered it remains with him: "I can't reveal where. It was at a Kenilworth farm. I felt pretty excited, it is pretty rare to come across such things. It is in excellent condition and still has a sharp edge. I have been metal detecting for more than 20 years and I class this as my best find."
9th century Anglo Saxon silver and niello sword mount cap and ring belong to finder (Article no longer available from the original source)
Silver relics dating from the 9th century have been declared the property of Keith Parker who discovered them - because historians cannot say how they came to be in the Willington field where they were found. Derbyshire Coroner Dr Robert Hunter ruled that the items were not treasure - because the circumstances in which it had been abandoned were not clear. The British Museum's curator of insular early medieval collections, Dr Sonja Marzinzik, said: "It is not possible to determine whether the mounts were deposited with an intent to recover them. It may simply have been a casual loss."