The Times online featured a story relating to an Early Medieval Sword pommel that was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and subsequently was processed under the Treasure Act. This object was recorded in the 2002 Treasure Report as 2002 T285 and has since been acquired by the BM. I’ll add a better picture to this article when I get back to work. This was the sword featured in 2003 in the Hidden Treasure series on BBC2. I have hazy memories of that show! However you can download this from a bit torrent site – http://www.mininova.org/search/?search=hidden+treasure – probably slightly dodgy and therefore no endorsement from me or the BM.
The article written by Dalya Alberge (who recently wrote about our work on eBay) can be found at:
One of my colleagues, Dr Marzinzik said:
“The large garnet settings are extraordinary, as substantial garnets of this kind are scarce, particularly in the 7th century when supplies from the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka dried up. Their analysis can shed light on the economic background of gemstone provenance and trading networks. Suddenly we’re part of a much bigger picture. Before, we were not in the picture.”
The next story that I’ve seen on RSS feeds is a story about the discovery of a hand axe, I’ll embellish this page with the find number later when I can find it. There’s a range of lithic implements that this gentleman has found…