Medieval treasures & gold coins found in British countryside during lockdown

first_imgMILTON KEYNES, U.K. / CNN — New quarantine hobbies have unearthed new passions, some bringing with them a literal silver lining. This year, backyard archaeologists in the United Kingdom have recorded discoveries of more than 47,000 objects, the British Museum announced this week.Regular people found the vast majority of the historical artifacts by scanning the countryside with metal detectors. They added their finds to the museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme.The database has records of more than 1.5 million objects discovered since 1998 by the general public rather than professional archaeologists. Police looking through café for possible victim of serial killer May 19, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Amazon sold shoes using the N-word until a UK lawmaker complained August 5, 2020 AdvertisementRich discoveriesThe list of garden treasures dug up this year includes a 13th century medieval seal, with a Latin inscription that reads, “David, God’s messenger, bishop of St. Andrews.”And shining out among the new discoveries are two hoards of gold coins. Originally from South Africa, 50 of the gold coins were unearthed in Milton Keynes, a town about 50 miles northwest of London. More than 500 people were put on do-not-resuscitate orders without consent, watchdog says March 19, 2021center_img AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments It’s a mystery how those coins, minted in the 1970s during South Africa’s apartheid era, wound up buried in a British backyard after a half-century.Another amateur archaeologist found 63 gold coins and one silver coin with images of monarchs Edward IV, Henry VIII, and the initials of several of Henry VIII’s wives, including Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour. They were likely buried in the 16th century.Nearly 500 years later during the Covid-19 pandemic, residents rediscovered them while weeding in their garden.Another pandemic find was an ancient Roman furniture fitting made of a copper alloy, and clearly featuring the face of the god Oceanus.That artifact, found in Old Basing about 50 miles southeast of London, dates as far back as the 1st century.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementTags: gold coinsTreasureUnited Kingdom Political spending watchdog to investigate Boris Johnson’s apartment renovation costs April 29, 2021last_img

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