Sunday, 29 May 2022

UK Local Newspaper Thinks it's Great that the County's Archaeological Record is being Dismembered by Treasure Hunters

The top ten places to discover buried treasure
 in England [Credit: National World]

In journalist school they don't teach you to understand about archaeology before writing a story about it (Caroline Howley, 'North Yorkshire revealed among best ten places to find buried treasure in England', Yorkshire Post 28th May 2022)
 North Yorkshire - including York - has been revealed as one of the best spots in the England for finding buried treasure. The county saw the seventh highest number of buried treasure finds between 2012 and 2020, according to data from The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). During this period 474 finds were made in North Yorkshire, which was the only location in the North of England to make the top ten. Norfolk topped the list for the eight time in nine years, with 1021 finds. It was followed by Suffolk with 638, and Essex, with 619. Lincolnshire (566), Hampshire (523), and Kent (479) were also ahead of North Yorkshire, while Wiltshire, Dorset, and Oxfordshire rounded out the top ten. In 2020 alone, 1,077 finds were recorded across the country, with 1,055 of these being discovered in England. The overall figure marked a 27% drop on 2019’s figure of 1,303 treasure finds, which encompassed a massive 22,620 individual artefacts.

I'm not going to cite my "Wibbly-Wobbly-Blip" posts because it could be argued that any effect observed could be due to the Covid-pandemic and lockdown with restrictions on going out for all citizens (except for those who work in No. 10 Downing Street).  So we'll have to wait one more year to see how that turns out and where the policies put and kept in place by Britain's shambolic excuse for a government have got us. 

Hat tip Chris Cumberpatch



David Knell said...

It seems Suffolk is so embarrassed by the situation, they've decided to run away south and hide in deepest Sussex.

Paul Barford said...

Oh dear, I did not spot that... neither did the journalist.

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