£1m Iron Age haul dug up in Scotland

A Scottish metal detecting enthusiast has been left stunned after uncovering £1m of Iron Age treasure - during his first outing with the machine.

The undiscovered hoard of four 2,000-year-old neckbands was found in a field in Stirlingshire, Scotland by David Booth, 35, a Safari Park chief game warden.

Dating from the 1st and 3rd centuries BC, the value of the bands - known as torcs - has already been estimated at £1m.

An Iron Age torc
David Booth uncovered four Iron Age torcs, similar to this one

Under Scottish law, finders of treasures have no ownership rights, and the Crown can claim any archaeological objects found on Scottish soil.

But Mr Booth may receive a reward close or equal to the jewellery's £1m estimate. It is one of the most important hoards of Iron Age gold in Scotland to date.

A similar discovery happened in Staffordshire, England, in July of this year. Terry Herbert, 55, discovered the largest ever Anglo Saxon hoard with his metal detector.

According to most recent reports, could also get £1m for the stash which includes 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver.


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