Lincolnshire is in the top three counties for number of archaeological finds and treasure unearthed by amateur archaeologists.
Among the artefacts, a rare complete Viking brooch, dating back to 850-950 AD, was found near Sleaford.
Most objects found copy Viking styles, but this one is likely to have originated from Scandinavia. It is feasible that the brooch arrived via the ancient port of Saltfleetby, near Louth. It is decorated with ring and dot markings and on each wing is a leaf motif, which may symbolise the tree of life.
More than 5,000 artefacts were discovered in the county in 2012, a figure just revealed under the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme, supported by Lincolnshire County Council, to help build an understanding of the past.
There have been 52,000 items recorded since the scheme started in 1997. Adam Daubney, finds liaison officer at the county council, said: “The large number of finds reported in Lincolnshire highlight just how rich our archaeology here is. “The majority are not ‘treasures’ in the bling sense, most of them are simple, everyday items such as coins and broken bits of pot. But, this sort of material is very revealing about how our ancestors lived.”
Items dates from the Stone Age and are from all areas of the county.
Source: Sleaford Standard [February 17, 2014]
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