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Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Mycenaean warrior's burial place with incredibly valuable artifacts discovered in Greece

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A bronze age tomb of a Mycenaean warrior dating back to around 1450 BC was discovered in an olive grove near the ancient city Pylos, southwest Greece.
The grave was inside a stone chamber and the body was buried in a wooden coffin. The skeleton of an adult male was found completely intact. The importance and wealth of this warrior is noted by the large number of objects buried with him.  Among the discovered items are weapons, gold and silver jewels and precious artifacts providing an interesting new insight into history.

From the size and properties of the skeleton, it was concluded that the warrior was aged in his 30's and had a height of 5.5 feet (1.7m). Several ivory combs may suggest that he had long hair and an ivory mirror that he was attentive to his appearance.
It was difficult at first to determine the date which the burial took place.  Pottery is ideal for dating purposes, but this tomb contained none. However, further finds were made in close proximity of the grave which …

Gold coil shaped bracelets found in County Donegal, Ireland

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Norman Witherow is a farmer in County Donegal, Ireland.  He made an astonishing discovery of four coil-shaped solid gold bracelets and they are believed to date back to the Bronze Age (2500-500 BC) or even older according to National Museum of Ireland.
The items were buried two feet deep, hidden under a rock, which protected them and was covered with clay.
Their likely use was that of jewelry, but could also have been some form of currency.  Research is currently in progress to uncover more information about them and so far there are no items exactly the same as these found.
It is expected that this golden treasure will be on display at the National Museum of Ireland soon.

Grave of warrior of significant importance found in Caucasus mountains

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The grave of a male warrior of significant importance was discovered in a hard to reach area, about 2,600 feet above sea level in the Caucasus mountains, near the town of Mezmay at Caucasus mountains of Russia.  The burial took place approximately 2200 years ago.


The body of the warrior was encased with a wooden coffin of which fractions remained and he was honored by including numerous gold jewelry and placing his 36 inches (91 cm) sword adorned with gold attachments on his body, among other weapons of which one is an iron ax and another an arrow. These weapons likely belonged to or were used by him. His tribe also sacrificed three horses, a cow and wild boar to add to the grave.


Among the finds are several pieces of pottery, a bronze mirror and two bronze helmets which displays carvings of sheep horns and random shapes.


Gold-working skills were highly appreciated in that era and a noteworthy artifact is a gold fibula-brooch decorated with a clear colored, rock crystal, positioned centr…

Beach comber enhances wealth once again through gold finds on lucky spot.

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Mr.Gregg Cooke from Australia is a regular treasure hunter and gold prospector at Surfer's Paradise beach. His efforts have been rewarded multiple times with various finds. He found 3 gold nuggets initially and struck even more luck with a follow-up find of 4 more nuggets. Mr. Cooke said he and his mate reckon the nuggets are most likely scattered broken fragments from the same rock. The spot where his finds originate from is a closely guarded secret.

 He says there are many people on the beach searching for the same treasures. Gold is a well-known occurrence around the area, not only around reefs and on the beach but also in streams. When erosion breaks down rocks, the metal is often revealed. Mines operated in Ormeau and Kingston in the 1960s and a significant amount of precious metal was extracted.Mr.Gregg's nugget finds weigh between 20g and 70g each and the gold is embedded in quartz rock which indicates it is naturally occurring native mineral. What is next for this lucky…

22 Gold plates dating back to the 8th century with divine inscriptions found in Jakarta

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A group of people discovered 22 gold plates with ancient inscriptions inside a box in  Ringilarik village in Java, Indonesia. 

One of the founders named Sumardi said that when they found it amongst a pile of rocks, it appeared to be a jewelry box which was clearly not of modern age and they were astonished to view the contents.

Mr. Gutomo, an official with the Central Java Heritage Conservation Agency (BPCB)  confirmed that the golden plates date back to the 8th century, 18 carats and the inscription of eight names of cardinal and original directions of Dewa Lokapala's windgods is in ancient Javanese letter.



He said the founder and landowner will both receive compensation for this valuable discovery which provides insight into ancient history.   Following the find, the structure of a candi (Buddhist or Hindu temple) was also found at the same location.
Other findings in the area on separate occasions were a Mahakala statue, which is estimated to be from the Shiva Hindu period in the ni…

Long lost treasure of gold coins discovered on the coast of Namibia

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Gold coins of significant value were discovered during a search in a recently drained, man-made lagoon on Namibia's coast near Oranjemund.   

The area where the treasure was found, is located close to an old mining site, which is in the surf zone, where the incoming waves made mining impossible, so miners pushed up a huge sea-wall with bulldozers parallel to the beach, with the ends running back to the beach,  resulting in a large man-made lagoon, sheltering the site from the pounding surf.  The following day after the discovery of the gold coins, bits of metal, pipes and other parts of a ship was found and it was then rather certain that a shipwreck should be located close by. Shortly following this, a startling discovery was made.  


A ship, loaded with $13,000,000 worth of gold and other valuables lay buried under the ocean floor. Searches of the Namibian shoreline turned up many finds in relation to ships which got lost at sea and this has been a very significant find.

The first ind…

Mystery of the treasures of Oak Island linked to history and old civilations

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Oak Island, located at the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, has a history of attracting treasure hunters since 1875.   The first person to search the island was 18 year old Daniel McGinnis with help of some friends, their efforts piqued serious curiosity.  After digging a few feet down they found a layer of flagstone and the pit walls have pick markings on it. Every ten feet (3 m) they dug, there was a layer of logs.  30 feet later, their manual excavation attempts became too difficult.

Rumors of a "money pit" treasure have been circulating due to the known fact that pirates came ashore at times in the distant past.  A lot of attempts have been made over the years to dig deep enough to confirm the existence of a treasure on the spot, but alas, as a result of too much flooding, it has not been possible.

Evidence of old civilizations reaching the shores of this island has been revealed through finds like a Knight’s Templar Coin.  Finds from more recent years includes a Boatsw…

Trove of Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Poland

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Mariusz Sikora was out metal detecting in Lubnowy Wielkie, Poland when his detector signal indicated a deep non-ferrous target. On the spot, he found a trove of bronze jewelry which dates back to the Bronze Age.
Historical experts from the Galea association confirmed that these items are linked to the Lusatian culture.  Likely it was burial gifts. Bones were not found, as cremation was custom in their culture, human bones would usually indicate possible human sacrifice.
Numerous caches containing metal work of both bronze and gold have been found throughout areas in Poland, grave sites containing tools and weapons are sometimes seen.
They also said that it is a great discovery. The site could have been easily overlooked, as it is fairly remote and cemeteries of this culture are most often quite large and there were no other graves in close proximity.
There were several pottery fragments too, but it is unclear if the pot was a single piece or if it contained something.


Extraordinary discovery of golden artifacts linked to relative of Alexander the Great

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Several, very valuable and beautifully preserved golden artifacts were discovered with the help of metal detectors at the village of Sveshatari, Bulgaria, 400 km northeast from the capital, Sofia.

The find was made near Omurtag mount where the largest of 150 Thracian thombs of the Getae tribe was found in 1982.  This tribe was associated with ancient Greeks.

The Sveshatari tomb is considered significant and included in the World Heritage List of U.N. education and culture agency, UNESCO, for its unique architectural decor.

The find consists of 264 unique gold adornments and dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC.
Fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with, among others, all gold items consisting of a tiara decorated with animal motifs, a horse head piece,  four spiral gold bracelets, a ring, several female figurines, believed to have decorated clothing, buttons and beads.



Expert in Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology I…

Metal detecting duo discovers hoard of 2000 coins in Cornwall

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They called in some help and spent all day carefully unearthing the remarkable find and said it is an unforgettable event and it took them a couple of days to fully realize the significance of their find.  He believes there is a lot more out there to be found and eager to embark on the next metal detecting adventure.
Mr. Neil says that they gave the coins to the Royal Cornwall Museum which forwarded them to the British Museum for evaluation and has been officially classed as a treasure. 


The coins were an official currency and in circulation around the late Roman era.The Royal Cornwall Museum intends on purchasing the hoard following evaluation by the British Museum. Mr Troon and Neil will share the selling price with the landowner.