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Gold torcs found in Stirlingshire.
« on: January 26, 2010, 11:11:36 AM »
Courtesy of the Daily Record onlin Nov 5 2009  written by Craig Mcdonald


Treasure hunter David Booth yesterday told of his fabulous £1million find on his first ever outing with a metal detector. The 35-year-old safari park keeper unearthed four stunning gold necklaces just seven paces from where he'd parked his car as he set out with his new £240 detector!

The 2000-year-old jewellery he dug up from a Stirlingshire field is now officially Treasure Trove and David set to receive a huge reward based on its market value.

David, the assistant manager at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, said: "I drove my car to a field, parked in it, took my metal detector out, and started looking. I just had a feeling about where to park the car. "It flashed to indicate that I had found gold about seven paces away from the car and I started digging with a garden spade and trowel I'd brought.

"Six or eight inches down, I saw a glimpse of one of them, then uncovered the rest of the hoard.They were in a wee group. I was completely stunned - there was total disbelief."

David bought the detector online just five days before his discovery on September 29. He said he'd practised on knives, forks and watches on his carpet at home.

At the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh yesterday, he revealed: "I'd always fancied buying a metal detector and this was the first time I'd taken it outdoors. I knew the area I was looking in had some iron age history as I'd done some research online.

"But the reason I chose that particular field was simply because the landowner had given me permission. I took the items home, showed Carolyn and cleaned them under the tap. Her reaction was I couldn't be so lucky. I sent an email with photographs of the torcs to the National Museum of Scotland that day. They were at the house the next morning."

David added: "I've no clue how much this lot is worth. People are talking about a million pounds and that would be lovely.

"Carolyn is expecting our first child in February so any money will definitely come in handy - and it would be nice just to pay off the Ford Focus.

"People have said I might as well throw away the metal detector now, but I'll keep on going, there might be other stuff out there. It's a good hobby and it gets you out in the fresh air."

Experts said the hoard was of "international significance", showing the wealth and connections of people in Scotland at the time. The exact location of the find is being kept secret to stop it being swamped by other metal-detecting fans. The collection consists of two torcs, a local style of jewellery made from a twisted ribbon of gold, half an ornate torc of southern French origin and a unique braided gold wire torc which shows influences of Mediterranean craftsmanship. They are currently under lock and key at Scotland's Treasure Trove unit, an independent body based at the National Museum of Scotland.

The unit, along with a team from National Museums Scotland, are now continuing to excavate the site and analyse the find. Under Scots common law, treasure finds automatically belong to the Crown . Hoards are independently valued and the finder usually gets a sum based on their market value.

The Scottish Archaeological Finds Allocation Panel will value the hoard in February. A similar band found in Newark, Nottinghamshire, in 2005 sold for £350,000.

Dr David Caldwell of the Treasure Trove unit said the torcs would stay in Scotland. He said: "You couldn't make this story up. There hasn't been a find like this in Scotland for over 100 years. There are a lot of metal detector users in Scotland and, over the years, we've built up good relations with individuals. Most go out because they have a fascination with history. It's important they get good rewards for their finds. There's nothing written in law that says there has be a reward, but invariably it would be equal to the market value."

Dr Fraser Hunter, principal curator for Iron age and Roman collections at the National Museums of Scotland , said he "almost fell off my seat" when he saw the items. He said: "The archaeological value is indescribable. It's one of the most important hoards from Scotland ever and a find of international importance."
Dr Hunter supervised excavations at David's site and said the torcs had been buried under the floor of an iron age building.

The find was said to be the most significant in Scotland since 1857 when two gold torcs were found on farmland in Morayshire.


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Re: Gold torcs found in Stirlingshire.
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2016, 06:08:48 PM »
Well this is certainly worth dusting off what a fantastic story. Anyone know if the guy got payed?

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Re: Gold torcs found in Stirlingshire.
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2016, 06:23:47 PM »
I love how in the museum shop in Edinburgh, they now sell beautiful exact replicas of the torcs. Ive promised myself one next time im there.  ;D ;D
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Re: Gold torcs found in Stirlingshire.
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2016, 07:02:45 PM »
Well this is certainly worth dusting off what a fantastic story. Anyone know if the guy got payed?

'The guy' is a long standing member of the forum mate and used to be a mod from 2011-1013

That's his business but I suppose there's no harm in saying that in an interview he said the Torcs allowed him to buy his own home and go self employed so I guess that's a n answer for ye lol
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Re: Gold torcs found in Stirlingshire.
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2016, 07:48:48 PM »
Fantastic  :D
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