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15th October, 2008

Tickhill’s first metal detecting rally has turned up Iron Age, Roman and medieval artifacts.

The Searchers of Dinnington Society organised the charity rally, and it took place on fields owned by a local farmer.

The enthusiasts used their metal detecting equipment to discover:

  • roman coins
  • brooches
  • part of a sword hilt
  • a medieval horse harness
  • buckles
  • hammered silver coins
  • and lead spindle whorls

A team of experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme South and West Yorkshire Finds were invited to the event.

Liaison Officer Amy Cooper, aged 25, said: “We were there to help detectors to identify and record the items that they found. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a national one that encourages the reporting of archaeological objects found by members of the public.

“The process is entirely voluntary and after the artifacts are recorded they are returned to the person that has handed them in.”

What a great event for all those involved, and especially the lucky ones that turned up such ancient artifacts!

Can you imagine personally digging up a spearhead that was hand crafted in 1,500BC?  What story would it tell if only it could speak?

Source: http://www.thestar.co.uk/doncaster/Items-up-to-3500-years.4589779.jp