Hobbyist treasure hunters in Britain report tens of thousands of finds a year, from Bronze Age axes, Roman brooches and hairpins to medieval candlesticks and swords.
“It’s such a thrill when I find something — and I often do,” Eveleigh said as he listened to the steady beeps of his metal detector. Not far away from this Welsh seaside town, he recently found 6,000 copper coins dating to the Roman Empire.
“It turned out they were 1,700 years old! Many emperors ago,” said Eveleigh, 79, one of thousands of British “metal detectorists” who search for history as a hobby.