British archeologists-fans have made a unique discovery.
Every year the British archaeologists-lovers find something great. This time the focus was two friends from Staffordshire: their discovery, according to experts, “can rewrite the history of Britain”.
Residents of the city Face mark Hambleton and Jo kanya’ve been friends for over twenty years and both have fond childhood metaloiskateley. During all this time, any brilliant discoveries they did not and were ready to surrender: to give up the treasure hunting fishing. Examination of the adjacent pasture owned by farmer Stuart Heath could be the last: one of the friends thought so, the second suggested a walk with the metal detector in the fields, breathe the fresh air. The end of the walk – you know: friends found gold. “I’m speechless”, “I cried”, “my legs gave way”, “I understood nothing”, “it was very scary, but cool” — so mark and Joe describe their state upon discovery. Mark all night staring precious artifacts, “to them nothing happened”, and the next morning friends honestly took the discovery in Birmingham and gave the specialists at Portable Antiquities Scheme is a special project created for Amateur archaeologists.
Soon friends found out that for the gold they found: three neck ornaments-Torquay (Torquay Slavic equivalent – UAH) and the bracelet is dated V – III centuries BC, reports BBC News. Artifacts received the status of Crown jewels (treasures owned by the state) after an investigation conducted by coroner Ian Smith. By law, the status of treasures can get found by the Amateur archaeologist the subject of the age of not less than 300 years and containing at least 10% precious metal.
Artifacts of Likfit (call them administrative district where the discovery was made) these conditions more than satisfy: age – nearly 2500 years, and the content of precious metals – gold in Torquay and the band is not less than 80%. The weight of artifacts, from 31 grams to 230 grams. Coroner Ian Smith joked: “even in the form of scrap metal out of these things something would cost”.
Four of the artifact was officially called the “Torquay of the iron age of Limita”. Their study involved specialists of the British Museum. Julia Farley (Farley Julia), Museum curator of collections iron age Britain and Europe, described the find as “a unique discovery of international importance”. International – because of the artifacts found are not local: Torquay was made by the Celts on the continent, on the territory of contemporary France or Germany. And then somehow they were in the heart of Britain, very far from the shores of the English channel, which separates the island from the continent.
“The find is very rare and unusual. Torquay was in the area, whose history in the iron age are poorly understood. Artifacts Dating back to the era that preceded the Roman conquest of Britain. What actually were these ornaments – gift, goods or personal belongings – we do not know. However, we can already say that they, apparently, are the oldest gold jewelry era of the iron age found in the UK,” says Stephen Dean (Stephen Dean), the chief archaeologist of Staffordshire County.
Such jewelry Celtic work has repeatedly found in different regions of England, but they are all under the treasure of Likfit. Four subjects were found to be a distance away from each other, almost at the surface of the earth. Who and why they were buried in the open field, 2500 years ago – is still unknown, to determine need full-fledged excavations and additional research.
Curiously (though this information has nothing to do with Celtic Torquay from Likfit), just 80 km from the place of occurrence of the other lucky treasure hunter in 2009 stumbled upon the famous “Staffordshire treasure” — a rich treasure valued at 3 million pounds. Celtic Torquay from Likmeta, though not equal to it in richness and diversity (4 items vs 3500), a thousand years older than the Anglo Saxon hoard – and much more mysterious.
Julia Farley of the British Museum summed up the available information about the discovery: “Jewellery date back to years 400-250 BC, and, thus, are the oldest gold artifacts, dated to the iron age, found in the UK. Apparently, they belonged to rich and powerful women born on the continent, and then moved to our region — perhaps because of the marriage. If we can understand why these expensive jewelry had been buried in Staffordshire field, we will receive priceless information about the life of the inhabitants of the British iron age”.
Nakhodka got the status of the treasures and is now the property of the British Crown. The evaluation Committee hoards is required to determine the amount of reward fellow explorers. Whatever this amount is, mark Hambleton and Jo kanya has promised to share the reward with the owner of the pasture, where was found the gold of the Celts.
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