Amateur metal detectorist finds $1.7 million worth of Iron Age gold

Published on November 6th, 2009 | by Admin


An amateur treasure hunter in Scotland has found four Iron Age necklaces worth $1.7 million dollars.

David Booth, 35, bought the £240 detector online because he thought it “might be fun” to look for treasure and struck gold just five days after it was delivered.

The safari park warden parked his car by field in Stirlingshire and made the find after taking just a few paces.

Three of the necklaces or “torcs” are in almost perfect condition and one, which shows signs of Mediterranean craftsmanship, is of a type never seen before in Britain.

Mr Booth said he had not studied archaeology but knew there were some ancient sites in the area and was given permission by a local landowner to try out his new detector.

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