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Part of the late Anglo-Saxon period silver coin hoard recently found in Buckinghamshire, southern England
 
The Buckingham Advertiser reports today that a hoard of late Anglo-Saxon period silver coins, estimated to be worth over £1 million, has been discovered by a metal detectorist on farmland near Lenborough, Buckinghamshire in southern England –
 
The massive hoard of more than 5,000 silver coins was found on Sunday, December 21, at an end-of-year rally on farmland near Lenborough. Over 100 people from all over the country were at the dig organised by the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club, when one member discovered the hoard, buried 2ft down in a lead bucket or container.
 
Archaeologist Ros Tyrrell, the Finds Liaison Officer for Bucks, who is based at the Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury, was at the rally to record any finds made on the day, when the major hoard of more than 5,251½ Anglo Saxon silver coins was uncovered. Miss Tyrrell was immediately called over to help excavate the coins.
 
Weekend Wanderers founder Pete Welch said: “From the outset it was done properly and I’m pleased about that.” The coins, which Mr Welch said were in “superb condition”, show the faces of some of the kings of England, from 1,000 years ago. They include coins from the reigns of Ethelred the Unready (978-1016 AD) and Canute, or Cnut (1016-1035 AD).
 
A Bucks County Museum spokesman said: “This is one of the largest hoards of Anglo Saxon coins ever found in Britain, and when the coins have been properly identified and dated, we may be able to guess at why such a great treasure was buried.”
 
More here, and a preliminary report on the find by the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club here.
 
 
The Inch bulla (locket) from County Down, Ireland
 
The locket above forms part of a display at the Ulster Museum, Northern Ireland. To accompany the display there will also be a series of talks and a BBC film, Landscape Mysteries: in search of Irish gold on Saturday, 31 January 2015 from 13:30-16:15. The talks and film will explore stories of treasure, jewellery and science, by highlighting gold objects from the Museum’s archaeological collection.
 
This event marks the redisplay and interpretation of two remarkable gold objects from the collection – the Corrard, torc (neck-ring) from County Fermanagh and the Inch bulla (locket) from County Down. The current debate surrounding the source of Irish prehistoric gold will be explored; illustrated talks will examine the torc, bulla and other recent discoveries and explain how science has offered new insights into the study of Irish Bronze Age gold.
 
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