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Title: Nice if you can find it.
Post by: termite on May 16, 2012, 11:15:09 PM
look at this lot.  found in 2008


Title: Re: Nice if you can find it.
Post by: termite on May 16, 2012, 11:16:31 PM
Bus driver and metal detector fanatic Tom Peirce is in for a bumper pay day after unearthing 500 Bronze Age artefacts – one of the largest ever ancient finds.
Amateur treasure hunter Mr Peirce started combing a field after dropping off a school coach party at a farm – and now he could have a haul worth more than £80,000 on his hands.
Within a few minutes, the device began beeping and the 60-year-old dug 10 inches into the ground to find a partial axe head.
He realised he had struck it lucky when he dug deeper and found dozens more.
Over the next two days, he and colleague Les Keith uncovered nearly 500 bronze artefacts dating back 3,000 years.
The find prompted a Time Team-style search of the area by excited archaeologists.
The hoard, which included 268 complete axe heads, is one of the biggest of its kind found in Britain.
Mr Peirce, 60, will have to split any proceeds with landowner Alfie O’Connell.
Mr Peirce said: “We are extremely thrilled and excited because this was a once-in-a-lifetime find. It’s like winning the lottery – you don’t think it is going to happen to you.
“If you speak to other detectorists, they will find a nice coin or something in 20 or 30 years of treasure hunting.
“You do it as a hobby – you don’t do it for the money but if you strike it lucky then so be it.”
Mr Peirce stumbled upon the field after taking a group of schoolchildren for a day out at the farm near Swanage, Dorset.
He asked farmer Mr O’Connell for permission to search the two-acre field and later returned with Mr Keith.
The hoard was found up to 2ft down in three holes spread 50ft apart.
It is believed there was a Bronze Age settlement nearby where the axe heads would have be


Title: Re: Nice if you can find it.
Post by: Napoleon on May 16, 2012, 11:20:14 PM
that is brilliant ,nice read Termite,I will be happy just to find one of them .cheers .Nap


Title: Re: Nice if you can find it.
Post by: Techony on May 17, 2012, 06:12:14 AM
Wow, that must've been an experience and a half.

Just a thought though, if you were to find something like that...

...is your finds pouch big enough?  ;D


Title: Re: Nice if you can find it.
Post by: archie on May 17, 2012, 09:53:08 AM
Wow, that must've been an experience and a half.

Just a thought though, if you were to find something like that...

...is your finds pouch big enough?  ;D
He already said he had a bus to carry them home in :D


Title: Re: Nice if you can find it.
Post by: DEADLOCK on May 17, 2012, 11:26:53 AM
great read buddy


Title: Re: Nice if you can find it.
Post by: WeCan-Octavian on May 17, 2012, 09:50:26 PM
Bet that find kept him interested in the hobby!!! great read  ;D


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