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Where's the best place to look for buried treasure?
« on: November 09, 2017, 02:28:54 PM »
Where's the best place to look for buried treasure? How to get started metal detecting

It's something every child dreams of - and every metal detectorist too - finding buried treasure.

This summer, Derek McLennan was given £1.98 million for the hoard of Viking jewellery he'd unearthed three years earlier, and last month Mike Smale unearthed a cache of 2,000-year-old Roman silver coins worth £200,000 in a Dorset field.

Finding treasure usually requires a bit of investment on your part - you'll need a metal detector, costing anywhere from £30 or so up to more than £1,000.

And if you want to search on land that isn't yours, you'll need the permission of the landowner.

But what happens if you're lucky enough to find something valuable? What should you do, and what are your rights?

Under the 1997 Treasure Act, there's a tight definition of what counts as treasure.

Any metallic object, other than a coin, is treasure, as long as at least 10% by weight of metal is gold or silver and that it's at least 300 years old when found.

So, too, are two or more coins from the same find, again provided they are at least 300 years old when found and contain 10% gold or silver; and any group of two or more prehistoric metallic objects.