Metal detector’s rare gold nearly ended up in the bin

A kitchen assistant who dug up a rare piece of gold treasure nearly threw it away.

The gold earring unearthed in an Oxfordshire field is one of the earliest pieces of metalwork in Britain – from the Early Bronze Age, 2,200BC.

Steven Bain, from Ewelme, near Wallingford, stumbled across the treasure while metal detecting in a farmer’s field in Cholsey last October.

The 27-year-old said: “If anything I nearly threw it away. I didn’t realise what it was, it just went straight into my pocket.

Metal detector’s rare gold nearly ended up in the bin

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