British Museum examines treasure unearthed by Tynedale metal detector
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En France, bon nombre d'aficionados de la pratique illégale de recherche d'objets archéologiques avec détecteur de métaux revendique un système à l'Anglaise. En fait, ils revendiquent quelque chose qu'ils sont incapables d'expliquer, comme le prouve notre expérience. C'est juste pour eux un moyen de réclamer la dépénalisation de leurs forfaits.
A jewelled silver gilt mount pictured right, thought to be from a seventh century sword scabbard has been officially declared as treasure.
The pyramid shaped mount was discovered by a metal detector user in the Humshaugh area in October 2013.
After experts at the British Museum recorded and identified the precious object it was made the subject of an inquest as to whether it was to be considered treasure.
And South Northumberland coroner Eric Armstrong has now formally recorded the object as treasure trove.
He said: “The item contains over 10 per cent precious metal. I can do no other than to record it as treasure.”
The early medieval artefact is now being held at the British Museum for safekeeping while the process of valuation is carried out.
l As well as investigating the causes and circumstances of deaths, coroners have an historic role to decide whether objects should be classified as ‘treasure.’
The Crown has the legal right to take possession of valuable objects which are considered treasure under the 1996 Treasure Act.
There are a number of definitions by which items can be classes as treasure under the act such as a find of ten or more coins discovered together which are over 300 years old.
Another classification of ‘treasure’ is a found object containing at least 10 per cent silver or gold and is at least 300 years old.
Once the coroner has been notified of the find, or has reason to suspect that the find is treasure he must hold an investigation, which may involve an inquest.
If the found object is recorded as treasure, the British Museum is given the opportunity to obtain it.
If the object is not considered treasure, or no museum wants it, the finder is able to keep or sell it subject to the rights of the land owner or occupier.
Finders can also paid a reward from public money, based on the market value of the treasure, some of the reward can also be portioned out to the owner of the land where the treasure was found.