Metal detector finds ancient artifacts on first-ever treasure hunt
An amateur metal detector found gold on his first treasure hunt, unearthing thousands of pounds of stolen antiques.
Charles Cartwright discovered the treasure – including Roman and Viking jewelry, Egyptian relics, and medieval and Bronze Age coins – at Polfields Coppice in Doddenham, Worcestershire.
The precious items had been buried four years earlier after being stolen in a burglary at a house in Ludlow, Shropshire, about 45 minutes’ drive away.
Charles reported the find to the Landowner’s and Coroners’ Office, which traced the loot to its rightful owners.
He recounted how the metal detector ‘went crazy’ when it came across the ‘incredible find’ on May 7.
Charles said: ‘I have so many questions regarding these items and can’t wait to speak to the owner.
“I can’t believe this is my first time going out with the metal detector, to find such an amazing discovery is just amazing.
“You always hear stories like this, but you’re never a part of it. So, it’s exciting to be a part of such a happy conclusion. ”
The owner of the relics, who has not been named, recounted how they never expected to find the treasure.
“ I am so happy to get these items back, we had resigned ourselves not to get them back because they were gone for so long, you don’t even think about their return anymore, ” they said.
DC Tom Court, West Mercia Police, said officers were still investigating the 2017 theft and thanked Mr Cartwright for his efforts.
“ The metal detecting community has helped bring rightful owners together with Roman and Viking jewelry and other treasures. We will continue to investigate who took these items and buried them, ”DC Court said.
“ We are extremely happy to be able to return the items to the rightful owner and again thank Charles for finding them and reporting them promptly. ”
That same year, Buckingham Palace was forced to stop its £ 369million renovation work after documents revealed workers were likely to encounter ‘buried archeology’.
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