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Treasure found in field in Roche was rare Bronze Age gold jewellery

14 Décembre 2014 , Rédigé par Jean-David Desforges Publié dans #Quand la science passe après le pillage

[ROYAUME-UNI] Lu sur cornishguardian.co.uk

Une fois de plus, un vestige archéologique manque de finir comme un vulgaire détritus. Il échappe à la destruction parce qu'il est en OR !

A TREASURE hunter who found a rare piece of Bronze Age gold jewellery in a farmer's field thought he'd initially unearthed a worthless piece of brass.

Shane Swanson uncovered the rare gold strap while out with his metal detector in Roche.

The item was found in a gully in gravelly clay in a field, around 8in below the surface.

Mr Swanson, from St Austell, found it in March 2013 but an inquest to decide whether it was indeed treasure was only held at Truro Coroners' Court on Thursday.

He said he had been scanning the field for around two and a half hours when he came across the gold strap: "I thought it was a piece of brass," he said. "I put it in my pocket and carried on.

"I took it home later and washed it and wondered exactly what it could be."

He then contacted Anna Tyacke, finds liaison officer at the Royal Cornwall Museum, who confirmed that it was gold and it was then sent off to the British Museum for further analysis.

"I've been metal-detecting for around 30 years but this is my best find," said Mr Swanson, secretary of Mid Cornwall Historical Search and Recovery Club. "I understand there have only been a few similar items found, so it is quite rare."

The strap is around 95mm in length and around 10mm wide. It is 86 to 88 per cent gold and weighs just over 5g. The inquest heard the British Museum was interested in acquiring it, although it has yet to be valued.

The owner of the land is entitled to 50 per cent of any money received by Mr Swanson once a price is agreed. However, Mr Swanson said the money was not important and he would rather have kept it for his collection.

"If it just gets put away in a drawer and is never seen then that would be a shame," he said.

Dr Emma Carlyon, coroner for Cornwall, concluded that the item should be classified as treasure.

Three other items were also classified as treasure at separate inquests on Thursday.

A 17th-century silver cufflink was found in a field in Paul, near Penzance, in July following a potato harvest. It depicted a flaming heart pierced by two arrows and was made to commemorate the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza in 1662.

A post-medieval silver cufflink found in Torpoint in March – also to commemorate the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza – was found on a grass verge having been unearthed by a high tide, and a silver penny found at Phillack dates to 1036-37. The 6mm coin was discovered in June and depicts the Viking King Cnut.

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