Second ancient treasure hoard found

A SECOND cache of ancient treasure has been earthed in a Jersey field – just months after the largest hoard of Celtic coins ever found was discovered in Grouville.

Conservator at Jersey Heritage Neil Mahrer with the axe heads
Conservator at Jersey Heritage Neil Mahrer with the axe heads

A SECOND cache of ancient treasure has been earthed in a Jersey field – just months after the largest hoard of Celtic coins ever found was discovered in Grouville.

Metal detectorists found the 3,000-year-old Bronze Age hoard this week lying 30 cm down in a secret location.

The items – which include several bronze axe heads – were discovered in a clay pot about the size of a football.

Conservator at Jersey Heritage Nail Mahrer, who was present at the dig and will be working on the hoard, said that it was another very exciting find.

‘The metal detectorist pulled two axe heads out of the top of the pot and saw more inside,’ he said.

‘The pot measures around 30 cm across and was about 30 cm below the surface.’

Mr Mahrer added: ‘We are not quite sure why they were buried or why the hoard was buried where it was. We found other material with it, such as broken pots.

‘Bronze axes were high-value items and this amount of bronze would have been very valuable.’

It is not the first Bronze Age hoard found in Jersey, but Mr Mahrer said that it is the first time that such traesure has come out of the ground in a pot.

Mr Mahrer now plans to X-ray the pot to discover what else might be inside.

‘It is very exciting,’ he said. ‘To have two hoards in one year is just amazing.’

The hoard of an estimated 70,000 Celtic coins, which includes items of

gold and silver jewellery dating from around 50 BC, was found by metal detectorists Reg Mead and Richard Miles in June.

Since they were removed from the ground, Mr Mahrer has spent hours cleaning the mass of precious metal which attracted thousands of visitors to the Museum when it went on display for three days last month.

Comments for: "Second ancient treasure hoard found"

pauper

Brilliant find, it is great to know the detectorists and the museum department work side by side thus enabling the detailed history to be logged for the public and future generations to see and study. Well done to the latest finder! eat your heart out time team :-)

STUNG STING-GOODE

Will you stay with me, will you be my love

Among the fields of barley

We'll forget the sun in his jealous sky

As we lie in the fields of gold

GORDON SUMNER desert rose

almost as good as a MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE.

trudi

sending out an S.O.S.. your dinner's ready sting.

fast show HILLBILLY

This week..... i az bin moistly findin' massive Hergusons

Sporran

Great pity that Jersey's celtic culture was overwhelmed by Roman and French immigrants.

Bob

Great find more history for Jersey well done.

James

Hmm. I'd far rather have the coins than an old axe head.

FARMER CABOT

anybody seen my pot and chisels?? left it somewhere 3000years ago.