Dry weather reveals archaeological ‘cropmarks’ in fields

Dry weather reveals archaeological ‘cropmarks’ in fields

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11128297

Hundreds of ancient sites have been discovered by aerial surveys, thanks to a dry start to the summer, English Heritage has said.

The surveys show marks made when crops growing over buried features develop at a different rate from those nearby.

The newly-discovered Roman and prehistoric settlements include a site near Bradford Abbas, Dorset.

The Roman camp was revealed in June after three sides became visible in rain-parched fields of barley.

The lightly-built defensive enclosure would have provided basic protection for Roman soldiers while on manoeuvres in the first century AD and is one of only four discovered in the south west of England, English Heritage said.

The dry conditions also allowed well-known sites to be photographed in greater detail.

[More at the BBC website.]

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The Corbridge Lanx Treasure, Undiscovered Roman Treasure in the River Tyne?

The Corbridge Lanx Treasure

The Corbridge Lanx has fascinated me for many years. The Lanx is now safely housed in the British Museum, but what happened to the rest of the Corbridge Treasure?

Does an important hoard of fourth century roman silverware await discovery in the river Tyne at Corbridge? Click the link and decide for yourself!

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Metal Detecting Clubs in the USA and Canada

Metal Detecting Clubs in the USA and Canada

By popular demand I have added lists of metal detecting clubs in the US and Canada:

Metal Detecting Clubs in the US

Metal Detecting Clubs in Canada

If you want your metal detecting club to be added to one of the above lists drop me and email at the usual address, or leave a comment here or on the forum and I’ll get in touch.

My next task is to compile lists of gold prospecting clubs, if you know of any or would like your club on the list, let me know!

Treasures Of The Anglo-Saxons

Treasures Of The Anglo-Saxons

There was a very interesting TV show on last night called ‘Treasures Of The Anglo-Saxons’. At last digital TV has a show that is actually worth repeating 50 million times. If you missed it don’t worry, it will probably be on at least a dozen more times this week.

A goth historian visits the greatest Anglo-Saxon treasures including the Staffordshire Hoard and the Sutton Hoo treasure and talks to various experts on the art and craftsmanship of the Anglo-Saxons. Some incredible Anglo-Saxon belt buckles, brooches and strap ends are shown in glorious detail.

So keep an eye on BBC4 for the repeats!

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Half a Million Dollar Gold Bar Stolen From Mel Fisher Museum

Half a Million Dollar Gold Bar Stolen From Mel Fisher Museum

A 75 ounce gold bar, salvaged from the wreck of the spanish galleon Santa Margarita by treasure hunter Mel Fisher, has been stolen from the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. Police are searching for two suspects caught on the museum’s CCTV cameras.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for the safe return of the gold bar, estimated to be worth $550,000.

The Santa Margarita was wrecked in a storm off the Florida coast in 1622, along with her far more famous sister ship the Atocha.

Video about the theft at CNN.

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