David Sundman and Dick Hanscomb forwarded this article from the BBC News about what a great year it's been for treasure hunters in England. -EditorThere has been a significant rise in the number of valuable artefacts found by amateur treasure hunters in Britain.
The British Museum says the number of finds containing gold and silver rose by 12.6% to 749 in the last 12 months.
The most valuable discovery was a rare Iron Age necklace found near Newark in Nottinghamshire and worth #350,000.
Experts say the rise is due to the growing popularity of metal detectors and the legal obligation on treasure hunters to report their finds.
The new figures were revealed in the British Museum's annual report of treasure.
It said the total number of finds was 1,257, which included objects from 2005 and 2006 that have now passed through the treasure process.
In 2001, the report documented just 200 treasures.
Culture minister Barbara Follett said: "The treasures of the past that are found in the fields, farms and fells across the United Kingdom are vital pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of our history."
She also singled out former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman as an "obsessive treasure finder".
Mr Wyman has a section dedicated to archaeology on his website.
To read the complete article, see: Busy year for UK treasure hunters (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7736759.stm)
Dick forwarded this link to a set of pictures of some of the found items: In pictures: Treasure galore (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7738208.stm)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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