Sunday 2 May 2021

2020: Bumper Year for Hoards in UK?


Still during Covid lockdown:

HOARDS, HOARDS AND YET MORE HOARDS Wow don’t think I’ve ever seen such a concentrated flurry of hoards as I have over this past year – A dreadful year indeed for many reasons but not so where deposits of buried coins and artefacts seem to be concerned – After this year I think we all deserve a hoard each lol - well done to all the finders. A hoard in itself is a marvellous discovery be it three coins, five Bronze Age axe-heads or thousands of items. However there are as in all cases the ‘absolute epics’, the ones that we all remember with such evocative names as Hoxne, Whaddon-Chase, Reigate, Hallaton and now the amazing recently announced ‘green fingers’ based Hampshire New Forest Garden Hoard of gold half and full nobles. Often a remote or not well-known small village or area can be catapulted into fame by the unearthing of such ‘Treasures’. Hoards form examples of concentrated injections of knowledge that in turn enhance our awareness of numismatic and cultural history or both. Ancient deposits, which through their discovery leap from the darkness of the past, illuminating both the present day and the future. In fact that description could apply to pretty much all finds made in the hobby of detecting I guess.
The mere word Hoard conjures up our imaginations as to why, who and what? The sharing of such discoveries via social media, museum display cases, books and research is marvellous and allows the sharing of thrill, sheer wonder, thoughts and ideas. In many cases these ideas associated with such are mind expanding and with many examples no one can turn round and say, “No you are wrong.” The discovery of a hoard is a great thing to share for what it contributes to all of us and in turn what we all can contribute to it, should we wish. One absolutely epic hoard found this year is one concerning a huge number of Celtic gold staters – This is featured in the current issue of Treasure Hunting magazine. Unfortunately the small village, Town or area it was located in cannot be revealed - so for the time being please enjoy The East of England Hoard. You can now certainly see how the origins for the latest issue front cover artwork were thought up. Best Jules.

It was Great Baddow, Essex, and the finder and his partner ended up in court. One wonders how Treasure Hunting Magazine vet the interviews that they publish to check that they tell the truth and don't support illegal activity. Or don't their clients expect them to?  

Interesting comments here, detectorists calling out the story of the discovery. Then today:  

Treasure Hunting Magazine
 Is this the Shane Wood story, chap who was in court this week?
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