A museum has appealed to two metal detector wielding treasure hunters to donate their amazing findings to their collection.
The Norris Museum in St Ives, which tells the story of Huntingdonshire through the centuries, has expressed its interest in exhibiting a Tudor silver gilt pin and Roman silver finger ring – both found in the fields of Somersham.
Senior coroner for South and West Cambridgeshire, David Scott Morris, presided over the two treasure trove hearings in Huntingdon yesterday, in which he heard about the finds and declared both items as British treasure.
Two museums are set to benefit from ancient treasure unearthed by metal detector users at sites near Huntingdon.
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge wants to acquire a hoard of 140 rare Roman coins dating back to the third century and the Norris Museum in St Ives, has expressed an interest in a medieval silver-gilt ring.
Assistant coroner Belinda Cheney declared both finds to be treasure at an inquest in Huntingdon.
The finds were made by metal detector users hunting on farmland in Huntingdonshire with the landowner’s permission.
I finalised a new permission this morning on a mixed farm. This is one of a handful of farms I had prospected earlier in the year where the farmer had asked me to get back in touch once the wheat or barley was off. In fact I think I’ve left it later than I should have done as some fields have already been ploughed and reseeded, but I reckon I can get up to a dozen sessions in before it’s all out of bounds again.
I’m particularly excited about a couple of fields which run alongside one of the region’s minor Roman roads. I’m not sure what sort of traffic, or how much, a fairly minor Roman road would have carried but it would probably have remained in use for a couple of centuries after the Roman departure, so somebody must have dropped something alongside it in that time. These fields are currently lying to stubble so should be accessible for a while.