I knew I left them somewhere! :-p
Guess this is the early version of loosing your change down the back of sofa :-)
Two tenacious metal-detector enthusiasts have unearthed a record hoard of Iron Age coins in a field in Jersey. Conservation work starts on Iron Age coin hoard Credit: Jersey Heritage Reg Mead and Richard Miles went over the same area with their detectors over and over again for the last 30 years before finally finding …
Whoever it's determined actually 'owns' this find, if it's worth £10m I would hope that the 2 guys that actually made the discovery come out of it with at least £1m each - they did the right thing when it would have been very easy just to dig it up and sell it illegally. That sort of thing deserves to be rewarded.
Agree with the sentiment, but there's a big difference between what a find is 'worth', and that money actually becoming real enough to give someone, especially if you're putting the hoard on display. I somehow doubt that Jersey Heritage will have a couple of million in their slush fund as a 'thank you'.
As a former metal detector enthusiast, I can tell you that one can go over a particular area many times and find new items each time. The varying moisture level of the soil, the randomness of how one swings the detector, and probably the huge size of the area ensures that new finds are always being found.
Of course, here in the states, we don't find things such as this--we are happy to find a 1950's silver dime!
Metal detectors these days are high tech gear, and typically contain a microcontroller that generates a square wave pulse, and performs analogue to digital conversion on any incoming signal. This is then interpreted by signal processing software, and the result displayed in human readable form on an LCD display. This all generally runs under a pre-emptive multi tasking real time scheduler, with custom device drivers carefully crafted for the device's unique hardware, which can include display, buttons, audio, LCD screen and custom GUI, sigma delta ADC, etc. There's your IT angle.
The aim is to draw out the witless misanthropes who, every time there's an interesting article which doesn't mention the ACT DX-260000-M microprocessor, lumber out from under their bridge and complain about the 'lack of IT angle' in a story.
It seems to have worked.
Yes, if as reported the coins have been fused into a solid mass that would show that the vast majority are NOT gold.
Gold does not corrode; silver and bronze do, which would account for them sticking together. In any case if the hoard was of gold coins a half a tonne would be a damned sight more valuable that the £10 million that I have seen quoted.
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