‘Treasure house’ of the North Thames tribes discovered – largest find of Iron Age gold in UK history
Metal detectorists in Hertfordshire discover the ‘Treasure house’ of the North Thames tribes – the single largest find of Iron Age gold in history. Found just outside St. Albans, the hoard of 52,504 gold staters and over 200 neck torcs is set to re-write the history books.
A group of archaeologists called in to excavate the find videoed the recovery of what has been called ‘the most stunning metal detecting find in history’ and are releasing the tapes on YouTube:
Expect to see plenty about this incredible discovery on the news all day today!
Roman Silver Leda mirror from the Boscoreale treasure
Another superb piece of roman silversmithing – the Leda and the Swan mirror from the Boscoreale treasure. This piece dates from the first century AD and was found in the remains of the Boscoreale Villa, a high status dwelling just outside Pompeii, that was destroyed in 79AD by the eruption of mount Vesuvius.
Probably the finest known example of the Roman silversmith’s art:
Silver cup with Athena seated from the Hildesheim treasure, discovered on October 17, 1868 on Galgenberg Hill in Hildesheim, Germany. Dating from the first century AD, this cup may have been owned and used by the commander of the lost Varus legions.
Alan Turing’s Silver Bars – Story From an Old Issue of Treasure Hunting?
Anybody remember this story?
Alan Turing, the genius who cracked the German Enigma coding machines, was said to have converted all of his money into silver bars and then concealed them somewhere in Bletchley Park. At the end of the war, Turing returned to dig up his hoard using the map he had drawn when he buried the silver bars several years earlier, try as he might, he was never able to relocate them.
It seems a pretty unlikely story, but nevertheless, I am trying to find out where and when the story was originally published. I am pretty sure it appeared in an old issue of Treasure Hunting Magazine, but does anybody know which one?
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.