38 items of trea­sure found in past two years

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FOR­GET Macken­zie Crook and Toby Jones, the UK’s real de­tec­torists have found 38 items of trea­sure in Buck­ing­hamshire in the past two years, writes Pa­trick Scott.

Ac­cord­ing to data from the Depart­ment for Cul­ture, Me­dia and Sport, 18 were found in the area in 2012 and 20 last year.

The data does not go into enough de­tail to see ex­actly what was dis­cov­ered in Bucks, but it does give a gen­eral over­view of the 1,983 items dug up in Eng­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land in 2012 and 2013.

The majority of th­ese (92 per cent in 2012) were found by real-life de­tec­torists, just like those metal de­tec­tor fans af­fec­tion­ately por­trayed by Crook and Jones in the BBC Four com­edy se­ries of the same name.

Un­der The Trea­sure Act 1996 any sus­pected trea­sure dis­cov­ered in the UK has to be de­clared to the au­thor­i­ties within a spe­cific time pe­riod.

By de­fault most trea­sure found in the UK be­longs to the Crown.

The per­son who finds the trea­sure may be el­i­gi­ble for a re­ward.

They are by no means en­ti­tled to keep it, but some­times the Crown re­turns the item to the per­son who found it and in 2012 this hap­pened in about 400 cases.

Trea­sure found in 2012 dated back to as early as the Bronze Age (2500BC to 800BC) with 54 items from that pe­riod, as well as 67 Ro­mano- Bri­tish coins.

Over the two-year pe­riod Nor­folk was by far the most fer­tile area of the coun­try for would-be trea­sure hunters.

As many as 230 items were found there, with the next high­est be­ing the 135 de­clared in Es­sex.

Sadly, on some oc­ca­sions items de­clared as trea­sure turned out to be noth­ing of the sort.

This hap­pened on 112 of 990 oc­ca­sions in 2012.

Have you ever dis­cov­ered buried trea­sure in Bucks or know some­one who has? Call the news­desk on 01895 451 034 or email buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth. co.uk.

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