Thursday, 18 March 2010

Illegal metal detecting crackdown

Archaeologists are to team up with police in a bid to crack down on illegal metal detecting in Norfolk.

Norfolk has the highest number of recovered artefacts in the country declared treasure and a successful long-established working relationship with legitimate metal- detecting enthusiasts.

There were 109 cases of items found in Norfolk being declared treasure in 2008-09. Recent finds include a hoard of 24 Henry III short-cross pennies in Breckland, and an early Saxon gold spangle from south Norfolk.

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Sunday, 7 March 2010

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Friday, 5 March 2010

Balls of destruction discovered under the stairs at Goodrich Castle

Staff at Goodrich Castle have unearthed a stash of 17th century cannon balls thought to have been placed under a flight of stairs during restoration and renovation in the 1970s.

The balls of destruction have been examined by an English Heritage archaeologist and are thought to have been fired during either the English Civil War or The Siege of Goodrich in 1646.

"Lots of leaves had blown through the open wooden staircase, and with little light to reveal them, the cannon balls had become a forgotten relic of the castle until they were re-discovered last year," says visitor operations manager, Wendy Amer.

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