Record treasure finds, says BM
Last year new treasure finds by members of the public amounted to 1,120 in 2016, the highest since the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) began in 1997.
The annual PAS report also 81,914 archaeological finds in the year, and the majority of both treasure and archaeology finds were discovered by metal detectors.
They included a Roman hoard of more than 2,000 coins fond at Piddletrenthide, Dorset, dating from 253-296 AD, late Bronze Age hoards from Driffield, East Yorkshire, of 950-850 BC including ingots and axes, and an Anglo-Saxon grave assemblage from Winfarthing, Norfolk, buried with a high status lady sometime between 650 and 675 AD.
“The PAS is a unique partnership between the British Museum and our national and local partners” said Hartwig Fischer, the British Museum’s director. “Its main aim is to advance knowledge, but the scheme reaches out to people across the country and helps bring the past alive. The British Museum is passionate about the PAS and what it achieves, for archaeology and local people”.
The image shows Piddletrenthide Roman coin hoard as it was found by metal detectorist Brian Read in Dorset.