X Marks The Spot
Britain’s rich and varied history is well-reflected in the treasure unearthed from its land. Findings over the last century include items that were once the property of Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, with a smattering of Iron and Bronze Age riches thrown in.
The east of England has thrown up more treasures than anywhere else in the UK, with the county of Norfolk offering an average of 116 finds per year. This may be down to the rural setting of large parts of the county, compared to cities where much is built upon, leaving the county open to exploration by amateur treasure hunters.
Being a Treasure Hunter
Treasure hunting is a fun hobby for many. Whilst anyone taking up the pursuit should remember that few get rich, it’s the thought of striking lucky that keeps people taking a metal detector on their leisurely outdoor wanderings.
Anyone going in search of treasure should familiarise themselves with countryside rights-to-ramble laws, as well as the 1996 Treasure Act. This stipulates that any finder of treasure can be rewarded along with the landowner, but the hoard must be reported within 14 days to benefit. With a bit of knowledge, there’s nothing to stop you!
Use our handy infographic to find hotspots and tips on getting started and best of luck with striking it rich.
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Written by Robert Bester
Updated on 7th May 2020
Published on 4th July 2017