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In pictures: Treasure galore

An Iron Age torc (200-50BC), found near Newark, Nottinghamshire, by a man looking for a crashed warplane.

A rise in the use of metal detectors has boosted the amount of treasure being found. This 350,000 gold and silver Iron Age torc is the most expensive item of UK treasure unearthed recently.

A medieval silver seal matrix

The British Museum bought this 13th century silver seal matrix for 2,750. It was found in Swanley, Kent, in 2005 and is the only known surviving gem portrait of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius (138-81).

A hoard of Roman coins

Part of a hoard of 3,600 Roman coins shown in situ in Snodland, Kent, and dating from around 347 AD. It was found by a digger driver during a survey and is being investigated by the British Museum.

Roman coin

This Roman coin from the Snodland haul dates from 330-5 AD. From the House of Constantine, it celebrates the city of Rome, showing the mythological twin brothers Romulus and Remus being suckled by a wolf.

An Anglo-Saxon roundel

This 10th or 11th Century Anglo-Saxon roundel in gold and enamel is thought to come from Hampshire. It was found by a metal detectorist and shows the hand of God descending in a gesture of blessing.

An Anglo-Saxon mount

Chelmsford Museum bought this 7th century Anglo-Saxon mount for 3,000. The gold and garnet jewel was found in Essex in 2006.

A gold bracteate or pendant

A gold bracteate or pendant found in Shalfleet Parish on the Isle of Wight. All these pictures of treasure found in the UK in 2007 were supplied by The British Museum.



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