Friday, 25 June 2021

Wargrave Local History Society

MEMBERS were given a presentation on treasure hunting at the June meeting.

MEMBERS  were given a presentation on treasure hunting at the June meeting.

David Williams, finds liaison officer for east Berkshire and Surrey, spoke about how to look for historical artefacts and some of the treasures that have been found.

He said the laws governing “treasure troves” were replaced in 1996 by the Treasure Act, which resulted in the portable antiquities scheme. This means items that are found and considered a treasure must now be reported.

Any item of silver or gold over 300 years old, except single coins, was considered a “treasure” as were some of the finds in this area, such as a Neolithic arrow head found in a back garden and a 13th century seal.

In Wargrave, treasure hunters had uncovered Stone Age axe flints and a Roman phallic pendant.

In 2015 a huge Viking hoard, including coins, jewellery and silver ingots, was found near Watlington.

Other “treasures” could be found in places such as a car boot sale but all have to be recorded and treasure- hunters must follow a code of practice.

Failure to report finds can lead to prosecution under the Theft Act.

The society’s next event will be a visit to Chawton, the former home of Jane Austen, on Tuesday, July 12.

Meetings are held at the Old Pavilion in the recreation ground off Recreation Road, starting at 8pm. For more information, call the secretary Peter Delaney on 0118 940 3121 or visit www.wargrave

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