Norfolk is the country's best spot for treasure hunters

Norfolk is the country's best spot for treasure hunters

Published by KLFM
12:09pm 13th November 2019.

Good news for you treasure hunters - Norfolk is still the best place for finding buried treasure.

More than 100 discoveries were made in the last year.

It was the smallest haul since records began in 2012 but still larger than any other area in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Gold diggers, metal detectorists and mudlarks made 103 discoveries in Norfolk last year.

Overall in six years, there have been 829 finds!

The Treasure Act defines treasure as finds older than 300 years. These include coins, prehistoric metallic objects and artefacts that are at least 10% precious metals such as gold or silver.

Anyone who thinks they have struck a hidden horde has to tell the coroner within two weeks, so the court can hold an inquest to decide who gets the loot.

If they don't, they face an unlimited fine or up to three months behind bars.



Local and national museums are given the chance to purchase any pieces a coroner rules as treasure.

But the finder doesn't leave empty-handed. They will be paid a sum depending on the haul's value.

Professor Michael Lewis, head of portable antiquities and treasure at the British Museum, said: 

"Given the variety of the objects being reported, from pre-historic hoards to post-medieval buttons, what they tell us about the past varies significantly.

"But there is no doubt that some of the most famous treasure finds, such as the Staffordshire Hoard, have completely transformed how we understand Britain's past, all the more remarkable as most of these finds are found by interested amateurs, not professional archaeologists.

"The main purpose of the Act is to ensure that the most important finds end up in museum collections for all to enjoy, and to that end over 200 museums across England, Wales and Northern Ireland have benefitted from the acquisition of treasure."

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