I Dug Up Bronze Age Sickle on Allotment; GARDENER'S AMAZING FIND

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Byline: DAVID POWELL

A GARDENER has unearthed part of a 2,000-year-old piece of a tool - believed to be a Bronze Age sickle - on his allotment.

Ralph Chaplin, of Llandudno, has handed over the piece to Llandudno Museum..

Retired firefighter Mr Chaplin, of Nant y Gamar Road, Llandudno, was digging on his 10ft x 20ft vegetable patch in Bryn Euryn, Rhos on Sea, when he found the relic in January.

He has now handed it in under the Portable Antiquities Recording Scheme, which was set up to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological finds by members of the public. Museum staff are looking after it temporarily until its age can be verified.

The allotments are owned by Conwy County Council, which will also need to be consulted.

Mr Chaplin said: " I usually find rocks because it used to be a limestone quarry.

"I was digging quite deep one day and turned it up. I thought 'that's interesting'.

It looked greeny-blue because it's got copper in it. …