Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Britain Britain a treasure seeker's paradise

Britain is bursting with ancient buried treasure and the masses have been bitten by the bug for digging it up -- ironically with the full approval of the government and leading museums.

Latest figures released by the British Museum showed a "massive" jump in the number of antiquities and spectacular objects classed as treasure being found by ordinary citizens with a passion for history.

In 2010, over 90,000 archaeological objects were reported to museums across the country -- a 36% rise on 2009 -- through what is known as the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

The scheme, which experts say is near enough unique to Britain, also allowed 859 separate items of treasure -- loosely defined as objects containing gold and silver, or hoards of ancient coins -- to be lawfully unearthed, a 10% increase on last year.

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