Rookie Treasure Hunter Finds Bronze Age Hoard

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Rookie Treasure Hunter Finds Bronze Age Hoard


Byline: SION MORGAN

BRACELET, SPEAR AND AXE PIECES THOUGHT TO BE OFFERING TO GODS A BRONZE Age hoard thought to have been buried more than 3,000 years ago as an offering to the gods has been declared treasure trove after being found by a novice treasure hunter.

The collection of 13 bronze artefacts, including part of a bracelet, fragments of a large spearhead and a complete socketed axe, will go on public display after the declaration by the Carmarthenshire coroner.

Kevin Sawyer made the discovery on farmland in St Ishmael, Carmarthenshire, last June.

The hoard has since been identified and reported on by museum archaeologists at the National Museum Wales and is thought to date from between 1000-800BC.

Mr Sawyer, who lives in the village of Ponthenry near Llanelli, only took up metal detecting six weeks before his incredible find near Kidwelly.

He said: "My brother-in-law is actually in a 'discovery club' in Oxfordshire and is always telling me what he's found.

"So having a keen interest in things like archeology and history anyway, I decided to buy myself a metal detector.

"I headed straight to a landowner who I knew would allow me permission to roam his land.

"I'd already found a few little things, but I'd say it is fairly rare to make such a discovery after just a few weeks of taking up the hobby."

He added: "I knew I had something special straight away.

"I got a very strong signal from the detector and after digging around 14 inches into the ground, I could immediately identify a piece of bronze.

Knowing a little about these historical pieces, I had a fairly good idea of what I had discovered."

An archaeological investigation and survey of the area was undertaken by archaeologists working for the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales, the Dyfed Archaeological Trust and National Museum Wales.

Adam Gwilt, curator of Bronze Age collections at the museum, said: "Through this and other recent finds, we are learning more about the kinds of places within landscapes where Bronze Age hoards were carefully buried. …

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