38 items of treasure found in past two years
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.