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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…

Rare and valuable pendant of high quality gold found in Norfolk

The front features an image of Emperor Justinian.
Back view of the gold pendant.


Definitely not a gold bottle top.
Mr. Godfrey Pratt from Norfolk made a rare and valuable discovery on a field near Attleborough,with his metal detector.  At first he thought it may be just a golden bottle cap, but upon uncovering it more,  discovered a pendant made of high quality gold in a good condidition, dating back to the 6th Century.
Made more than 1,500 years ago, this early Anglo-Saxon pendant features the image of Emperor Justinian as it appeared on Byzantine coin. 
Finds officer Dr. Adrian Marsden from Norwich Castle Museum said it was originally made in France, may have come to England as result of an export trade at the time and that the jewellery likely had a special significance to the owner and was buried with them.
It could possibly indicate a cemetery on the field where it was found and Mr. Pratt joined a search project lead by a team from the Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group.
The pendant is due for valuation by the British museum, following evaluation by the coroner, after which Mr. Pratt will be rewarded for the find.  Mr Pratt is an experienced metal detectorist and has made other finds of archaeological interest.

A similar pendant (pictured left), which was declared a treasure in 2013, was discovered by another metal detectorist on land at North Elmham.
It is aproximately the size of a modern penny and an imitation of a gold solidus coin featuring emperor Maurice Tiberius (582-602 AD).
This pendant is also believed to have entered England from it's origin in France and buried with it's owner.

Both pendants were made into jewellery following their arrival in England and belonged to wealthy people.

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