South-east of England named treasure hotspot

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The country’s burial treasure hotspot is in the south-east of England, according to government figures.

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According to provisional data from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the region is the top destination for treasure hunts with around 265 searches carried out last year.

The figures, which cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland, show that Norfolk was the top county for treasure finding as 86 discoveries were made there.


Behind Norfolk were Kent with 74, Wiltshire with 68 and Hampshire with 67 respectively last year.

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There were 1,079 discoveries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2021, making it the eighth year in a row that the number of treasures exceeded 1,000.

Details of the types of items found in 2021 are not yet available.

The detailed figures available for 2020 show that 1,071 treasures were found, of which 1,039 were from metal traces. Of the reported discoveries, 876 cases were commodities and 195 were coins.

About a third of the objects were found and a quarter of the coins were acquired or donated by museums – a total of 304 additions.

DCMS figures show the number of treasures reported within England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 2020 and provisional figures for 2021.


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