Thousands Of Ancient Coins Found In Field

Thousands Of Ancient Coins Found In Field

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Thousands Of Ancient Coins Found In Field

A treasure hunter digs up more than 5,000 coins in what is thought to be one of Britain's biggest ever finds.

A hoard of more than 5,000 Anglo Saxon coins worth £1m have been unearthed by a metal detector enthusiast in Buckinghamshire.

The coins, dating back to the 11th century and thought to be one of Britain's biggest ever finds, were dug up in a lead bucket two feet under a farmer's field near Aylesbury.

The discovery was made by Paul Coleman from the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club, who has been a keen metal detector for 40 years.

Mr Coleman, from Southampton, was taking part in a Christmas dig on 21 December when he found the 5,251 coins featuring the heads of kings Ethelred the Unready and Canute.

He told Sky News: "I could see one silver disc shining so I bent down just to pick that one disc up and behind it I could focus down a dark hole and I could see lots of other little grey shapes, all circular, and I pretty much knew it was a hoard. I knew at that point it was something big.”

The coins will now be examined by the British Museum and a coroner will rule if they count as "treasure" under the 1996 Treasure Act.

An independent valuation will be carried out, and the museum could then buy the coins with the proceeds being split between the finder and the landowner.

Fellow metal detector enthusiast and dig organiser Peter Welch said: "We had over 100 people searching the land. We didn't expect to find this find there. It was just a bit of luck Paul found it."

He added: “The scale of the find has made history .I think the archaeologists will get a lot of information from these coins."

The find is thought to rival that of Anglo Saxon treasure found in a field near Lichfield in Staffordshire in July 2009.

Forrás: Sky News

Can you find the words in the text for the following definitions?

1. Someone who looks for or examines what remained of ancient people’s lives.

2. Someone who discovers the cause of people’s death.

3. Someone who is very keen on doing something.

4. Someone who possesses large areas used for farming.

5. To make an official decision.

6. To be equal to something.

7. To divide something.

8. To move the earth or to make a hole in the ground.

9. To move the top part of your body forwards and downwards.

10. To do something that has to be planned or organized.

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Key:

1. archaeologist

2. coroner

3. enthusiast

4. landowner

5. to rule

6. to rival

7. to split

8. to dig

9. to bend down

10. to carry out 

Vocabulary

ancient

antik

coin

érme

treasure hunter

kincskereső

find

lelet

hoard

kincs

to unearth

kiásni

metal detector

fémdetektor, fémdetektorral kincset kereső ember

enthusiast

rajongó

lead bucket

bádogvödör

discovery

felfedezés

wanderer

barangoló

to detect

érzékelni, felfedezni

keen

buzgó

dig

ásatás

to feature

ábrázolni

Ethelred the Unready

II. Ethelred, Tanácstalan Ethelred

Canute

Knut

disc

korong

to bend, bent, bent down

lehajolni

circular

kerek

coroner

halottkém

to rule

döntést hozni

Act

törvény

valuation

felértékelés

to carry out

kivitelezni, véghezvinni

proceeds

bevétel, hozam

to split

szétosztani

landowner

földtulajdonos

scale

nagyságrend

to make history

történelmet írni

archaeologist

régész

torival

vetekedni

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