Roman Era Treasure Found on Banks of River Thames

Submitted by: LordJim 2 weeks ago in Misc News & Politics
Talk about luck. On his second time out, a neophyte mudlark found a museum-quality artifact.



For more information on this incredible story, see the following article in the Evening Standard: "I Almost Threw Roman Treasure Back Into the Thames, Says Mudlark."
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Female 8,529
I walked into work last week to see a pile of bronze axe heads piled on their kitchen island. Must have been thirty of them, all dug up together so thought to be buried as an offering, found by a metal detector chappie. Not sure of the value ( i'm assuming bronze axe heads are fairly common) but rather sweetly they've been reburied as the owners ( who have owned the land for many hundreds of years themselves) feel they belong to the land, which has prospered in a small way, avoiding a lot of local difficulty for many years. they thought that the offering might still be doing its job and wanted to leave them. I suspect the location is marked and is a safe and secure though- they're not stupid.
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Male 9,621
madduck A quick search suggests that an original bronze axe head will sell for £200+ depending on quality. A really good one for twice that. Without provenance and in poor condion maybe half that.
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Female 8,529
LordJim an amount they probably wouldn't want to lose, but are I'm guessing putting in the bank for future use if needed. Lovely people, hard working but not short of a few bob.
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Male 46,093
If I lived there I'd be a mudlark.  I'm about 2 liver spots away from getting a metal detector and combing the beaches here. haha
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Male 10,073
Did you read the part in the article, where Mr. Suttie describes how the object became visible? One wave came up from the river and deposited it -- he decided to go and pick the thing up -- and he's pretty sure the next large wave would have smashed it. I don't doubt him. Some passing boat or some dredging activity dislodged the thing from the mud, no doubt, it was floating around in the eddies of the water column, and finally picked up by a wave. Incredible luck that he was there at the right moment.
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Male 2,241
Nice find! 
It reminds me of a story about a guy walking his dog along the Thames who found a 'penny' worth (iirc) $100,000.
It was a small gold coin minted by an ancient short-lived King of which only 4 were known to exist, and this one was in way better condition than those were!
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