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Vincent Thurkettle from Somerset, South West England is a dedicated treasure hunter and gold prospector who now holds the record of finding the largest gold nugget in the U.K, weighing 97.12 grams (3 oz).
The find was made in 2012 near the shipwreck of the Royal Charter, off the coast of Anglesey,  Northwest Wales, but kept a secret until recently to allow him to search the area thoroughly, undisturbed.
At age 16 Vincent left school and trained as a Chartered Forester, following his studies worked for the Forestry Commission.  He had a keen interest in treasure hunting, also wanted to write a book and in 2005, after filling the position of Deputy Director, decided to retire from his job to pursue his dreams, which he both full filled by making several very valuable finds and writing a book named The Wood Fire Handbook.
He describes his passion for treasure hunting: “Every little speck  of gold I’ve found around the world has been a thrill – the campfires I’ve sat around, the people I…

"Mourning ring" with custom engraving found buried in Wales.

The ring features a custom engraving reading "prepared bee to follow me".

Mr. Ron Pitman found a gold mourning ring while metal detecting on a muddy, ploughed farmland growing maize, in Gower, Wales.
The outside is engraved with a trellis-style pattern. Inside reads an inscription "prepared bee to follow me." These words serves as a reminder to be spiritually and mentally prepared, as death may arrive at any time.  It was a common practice during the 1600's to use an extra "e" in writing.
The use of mourning rings came in use during the Middle Ages and the height of their popularity was following the Great Plague of London in the 1660's.
The names and date of passing of the deceased were engraved by grieving loved ones. When setting up a will people would often provide instructions and leave money for the purpose of buying and engraving such rings.
In the case of the Gower ring, the name of the deceased in who's honor the ring was engraved is not known and it is possible that the "me" mentioned in the wording may refer to death itself.
The examiner at the Department of Archaeology and Numismatics at the National Museum in Cardiff, Mr. Mark Redknapp said that rings like these are often difficult to date, but the decoration and expression of the engraved message suggests a date around 17th century (300 years old). The jewellery item has been declared a treasure and Swansea Museum is interested in acquiring it.
Similar examples of mourning rings found in the U.K featured engraved messages like "Wee part to meete" and all dated back to the 17th century.

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