Amateur treasure hunter David Booth discovered a rare haul of Iron Age gold with his metal detector in Septebmber 2009 it has been announced. The finds include four torcs, or neckbands, three of which are in near perfect condition and date from the 1st to the 3rd century BC – an era before the Romans invaded Britain. Speaking of his dicovery Mr Booth said "it was the first thing I'd ever found really so it was really unbelievable. I basically parked the car up and got the metal detector out and picked a direction to set off and about seven steps later there it was. It was the first thing I came across."
"An unemployed British man has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found with the help of his metal detector. Experts are now calculating its value - a process that could take more than a year because of its size...More than 1,500 pieces of treasure - including around 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver - has now been uncovered."
"I had the most fortunate encounter with a very knowledgeable man by the name of Kevin Hoagland, who is the Director of Dealer Development for MineLab metal detectors, while I took part of the GPAA’s Alaska Expedition near Nome, Alaska (which is known for it’s very fine beach gold). After I started to pick his brain, I found out he was a well of information on metal detecting and learned quite a great deal."
Three X-TERRA 70 users have found a rare silver/gold treasure. With the help of the detectorists the site has been further investigated by a local museum.
Such acknowledgement reflects the positive contribution that metal detectorists make towards preserving heritage.
"A Minelab metal detecting enthusiast, in Suffolk, England, has recovered one of the largest hoards of Iron Age gold coins in Britain since 1849. Reportedly valued at up to £250,000, the coins are said to date back to some time between 40BC and 15AD and are thought to have been minted by predecessors of the Iceni Queen Boudicca."