Monday, July 16, 2012

Norfolk’s archaeological finds to feature on ITV programme Britain’s Secret Treasures

New ITV1 series Britain's Secret Treasures will begin tomorrow (Monday 16th), revealing the stories behind some of the fascinating antiquities unearthed by ordinary people which have helped our understanding of British history.
Historians and archaeologists will judge the visual and cultural merits of 50 key artefacts to find the most important piece among almost a million objects recorded in the last 15 years by the British Museum's Portable Antiquities Scheme.

They include four priceless items found in Norfolk, which had been either lost, discarded or hidden by our ancestors.
Three are on permanent display at Norwich's Castle Museum: The 7th-century Balthild seal-ring matrix, the Stone Age Happisburgh hand-axe, and a rare Roman amulet found at Billingford. The fourth, a hoard of 2,000-year-old Iceni gold coins hidden inside a cow bone at Sedgeford, resides at King's Lynn Museum.
Part of the Iron Age hoard of coins which were found at Sedgeford, hidden in a cow's bone. Pic by Matthew UsherPart of the Iron Age hoard of coins which were found at Sedgeford, hidden in a cow's bone.

Tim Pestell, curator of archaeology at the Castle Museum, said the featured shortlist was testament to Norfolk's extraordinary wealth of archaeology, and the museums service's good working relationship with metal detectorists.

Via http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norfolk_s_archaeological_finds_to_feature_on_itv_programme_britain_s_secret_treasures_1_1446295