Medieval treasure found in Herefordshire

Medieval treasure found in Herefordshire

The medieval silver strap end

A silver brooch. Pics courtesy Portable Antiquities Scheme/National Museum of Wales

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MORE evidence of Herefordshire’s rich history has been uncovered after treasure was found below ground.

A medieval silver annular brooch, a silver strap end and two early Bronze Age flat axes were all discovered in the county by metal detecting enthusiasts.

Hereford’s deputy coroner Roland Wooderson last week declared all the items were at least 300 years old and contained at least 10 per cent of either gold or silver – therefore making them treasure.

The brooch, which would have been a popular dress accessory around the 13th or 14th century, was found in Eardisley in February 2011.

The Bronze Age axes – one of which is near complete – were found in Hereford in 2010. They are thought to date back to between 2,000BC and 1,900BC.

Both the axes and the brooch were found by Steve Williams.

Allan Mills, meanwhile, was the man who found the medieval silver strap end in Canon Pyon.

He admitted he “had no idea” what he had dug up but it turns out that the historic piece would have been attached to the end of a belt worn between the 13th and mid-15th centuries.

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12:33pm Fri 1 Feb 13

bobby47 says...

Having some considerable experience in this field of work with absolutely no success at all, Id urge all those readers out there who dig, burrow, excavate and generally thrash around in the darkness in search of treasure to never acquire a metal detector and become a dirty rotten stinking cheat.
If there's one thing I hate, other than an embellisher, this bloody Council and the way John Terry wears his socks, is a man or a woman who acquires a metal detector and gets bloody lucky straight away. It makes me bloody sick.
There is a right way of burrowing beneath the earth and Im doing it.
I've been burrowing for many years with not a hint of success or reward for my considerable endeavours and not once have I considered purchasing a dirty rotten stinking metal detector.
I can hold my head up high, if I was able to in this dark and dank narrow tunnel and say that I will never prostitute my principles and become a dirty rotten stinking cheat and use a metal detector.
That said, I'll take some of the credit for this find, for I have burrowed beneath this aforementioned location and Im guessing that whilst I was scurrying through my tunnel I probably disturbed the earth above me and consequently these lovely things must have surfaced enabling the treasure to be discovered by this bloody cheat with his dirty stinking rotten metal detector.
Having some considerable experience in this field of work with absolutely no success at all, Id urge all those readers out there who dig, burrow, excavate and generally thrash around in the darkness in search of treasure to never acquire a metal detector and become a dirty rotten stinking cheat. If there's one thing I hate, other than an embellisher, this bloody Council and the way John Terry wears his socks, is a man or a woman who acquires a metal detector and gets bloody lucky straight away. It makes me bloody sick. There is a right way of burrowing beneath the earth and Im doing it. I've been burrowing for many years with not a hint of success or reward for my considerable endeavours and not once have I considered purchasing a dirty rotten stinking metal detector. I can hold my head up high, if I was able to in this dark and dank narrow tunnel and say that I will never prostitute my principles and become a dirty rotten stinking cheat and use a metal detector. That said, I'll take some of the credit for this find, for I have burrowed beneath this aforementioned location and Im guessing that whilst I was scurrying through my tunnel I probably disturbed the earth above me and consequently these lovely things must have surfaced enabling the treasure to be discovered by this bloody cheat with his dirty stinking rotten metal detector. bobby47
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1:25pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Clarkester says...

I'm with you Bobby!
I have been digging for treasure, no need of those stupid metal detectors...
And all I found was a load of copper!
"Great" I thought, "I'm rich!"
Not sure why, it's not even my name!
Anyway, my case is in court next week...
Apparently "the man" doesn't like having his telephone cables dug up and "treasured!"
I'm with you Bobby! I have been digging for treasure, no need of those stupid metal detectors... And all I found was a load of copper! "Great" I thought, "I'm rich!" Not sure why, it's not even my name! Anyway, my case is in court next week... Apparently "the man" doesn't like having his telephone cables dug up and "treasured!" Clarkester
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6:32pm Fri 1 Feb 13

bobby47 says...

Yes Clarkester, yours is an interesting case.
You tippy toed out, presumably in the dead of night, commenced digging for trinkets of gold and silver but, alas you struck copper that was bound in thick plastic and attached to a domestic landline phone.
Yes it's a knotty one isn't it? How best to guide you!!!
You could of course run from justice, become a jumper or stand resolute, deny these spurious allegations, throw a double six and hope for the best.
Anyway, good luck whilst you serve your deserved and lengthy custodial sentence in HMP Hellhouse.
Yes Clarkester, yours is an interesting case. You tippy toed out, presumably in the dead of night, commenced digging for trinkets of gold and silver but, alas you struck copper that was bound in thick plastic and attached to a domestic landline phone. Yes it's a knotty one isn't it? How best to guide you!!! You could of course run from justice, become a jumper or stand resolute, deny these spurious allegations, throw a double six and hope for the best. Anyway, good luck whilst you serve your deserved and lengthy custodial sentence in HMP Hellhouse. bobby47
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12:57pm Sun 3 Feb 13

littlewhitebull says...

Some years ago I decided to have a job change and become an archaeologist; now my career's in ruins.
Some years ago I decided to have a job change and become an archaeologist; now my career's in ruins. littlewhitebull
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1:39pm Sun 3 Feb 13

dippyhippy says...

Crikey littlewhitebull ! You have a joke for every thread of news !
Crikey littlewhitebull ! You have a joke for every thread of news ! dippyhippy
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6:31pm Sun 3 Feb 13

littlewhitebull says...

dippyhippy - yes, I have a million old jokes. The whole of the news appears to be getting so distressing, and agitating me so much, I've decided to try and make light of it all.
Sad to say I don't think it's really working.
dippyhippy - yes, I have a million old jokes. The whole of the news appears to be getting so distressing, and agitating me so much, I've decided to try and make light of it all. Sad to say I don't think it's really working. littlewhitebull
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7:02pm Sun 3 Feb 13

bobby47 says...

Littlewhitebull, Yes it does work old friend and as we begin our fall toward the tipping point of no return I'll think of you trying to brighten up our predictable and dismal fate by making light of what is a bloody modern day tragedy.
Littlewhitebull, Yes it does work old friend and as we begin our fall toward the tipping point of no return I'll think of you trying to brighten up our predictable and dismal fate by making light of what is a bloody modern day tragedy. bobby47
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11:49am Tue 5 Feb 13

littlewhitebull says...

Bobby, I became quite worried about you! They said on the news that our king's body had been discovered under a car park in Leicester.
Luckily, it was King Quasimodo III, or such like.
"A hearse, a hearse, my kingdom for a hearse!"
Bobby, I became quite worried about you! They said on the news that our king's body had been discovered under a car park in Leicester. Luckily, it was King Quasimodo III, or such like. "A hearse, a hearse, my kingdom for a hearse!" littlewhitebull
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1:30pm Tue 5 Feb 13

bobby47 says...

On a serious note, why couldn't it have been us?
Why couldn't this Plantagenet met his end up bloody Capuchin Lane or East Street.
It's never us is it? We never find anything that might bring people to Hereford.
I mean, no fools going to say to his family, 'come on, lets go to Hereford and view this silver button that they dug up. Whereas, if Richard had been found on our patch people would say,'let's go see this despotic King and his twisted spine. It'll be we'll worth it'.
It's so bloody depressing.! Our last half decent find was the Rotherwas Ribbon and the Council said, 'bury the bloody thing. We don't want people coming here and discovering we have no toilets'.
We never get a bloody break. Never a boost. Not an ap'eth of bloody hopeful anticipation.
On a serious note, why couldn't it have been us? Why couldn't this Plantagenet met his end up bloody Capuchin Lane or East Street. It's never us is it? We never find anything that might bring people to Hereford. I mean, no fools going to say to his family, 'come on, lets go to Hereford and view this silver button that they dug up. Whereas, if Richard had been found on our patch people would say,'let's go see this despotic King and his twisted spine. It'll be we'll worth it'. It's so bloody depressing.! Our last half decent find was the Rotherwas Ribbon and the Council said, 'bury the bloody thing. We don't want people coming here and discovering we have no toilets'. We never get a bloody break. Never a boost. Not an ap'eth of bloody hopeful anticipation. bobby47
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