The figures are astonishing. A third of all portable antiquities discovered in the whole country in any one year are found in just one county: Norfolk. “And 10% of those are treasure cases. It’s a staggering figure,” says Dr Tim Pestell, Curator of Archaeology of Norwich Castle Museum.
“Annually we record more than 20,000 finds in Norfolk. In 2012 there were 123 treasure cases in the county – a new British record – and last year 106.”
It’s a glowing testament not only to our amazing heritage but also to the warm working relationship which has existed for many years between the experts at Norfolk’s Historic Environment Service, Norfolk Museums Service and local metal detector users.