2000-year-old Iron Age comb unearthed in Warwickshire

November 23rd, 2007 - 4:44 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov.23 (ANI): A 2,000-year-old Iron Age comb has been unearthed in Warwickshire, and is said to be one of nearly 60,000 archaeological finds made by members of the public in a year. The comb, found in Tanworth-in-Arden by metal detector enthusiast Russell Peach, was one of the most notable of the antiquities unearthed in 2006.
A total of 58,290 finds were recorded by the project during the year 2006/2007, taking the number of finds recorded over the past decade to more than 300,000.
The copper-alloy comb was possibly left there between 25AD and 75AD. Other notable finds include a copper-alloy Roman horse and rider figure, which was found in Cambridgeshire, reports the BBC.
Under the Treasure Act 1996, people who find gold and silver objects more than 300 years old have a legal obligation to report them to the authorities.
Because the comb is made of copper-alloy and not gold or silver it does not qualify as a treasure find.
Three-quarters of the finds were unearthed using metal detectors; the rest were found by accident. Details of the discoveries are contained in the Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report, launched on Thursday at the British Museum. (ANI)

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