Monday, May 30, 2011

There's medieval gold in them there hills: The stunning array of artefacts found by Britain's amateur archaeologists

Britain is bursting at the seams with ancient buried artefacts - with 250 pieces being found every single day.

A medieval gold ring, a Bronze Age gold bracelet and a set of gold dentures were just three of the 90,146 amateur archaeological discoveries made in 2010.

The British Museum said the 'massive jump' of reported findings by a third was 'testament to the tremendous success' of the government's Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).
British Museum director Neil MacGregor said: 'The finds reported are changing our understanding of the past.

'They are helping archaeologists learn where people lived and died, and how these finds were used.

'But what is truly exciting is that these finds are being made by the public and not, in most cases, by the archaeologists. It is transforming the archaeological map of Britain.'

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