A farmer digging his field stumbled upon a priceless historical treasure in Darbhanga district. The four-foot-high idol that Gaurikant Jha found in Ghanshyampur village, around 200km northeast of the state capital, is attracting experts and common people alike due to its beauty. It is estimated to be around 800 years old, a relic from the time of the Sena dynasty.

Gaurikant Jha was digging in his orchard to plant a sapling. His spade hit something hard and he called out to other villagers to help him dig. The idol was unearthed and pulled out carefully.

“I was digging to plant a sapling on October 12 when we discovered the idol,” Gaurikant said. “A huge crowd of people gathered as we lifted the idol out of the ground. Everybody was surprised over the find, though a Ganesh idol was found a few months ago in the nearby orchard of my brother. Some burnt mud bricks have also been discovered in the area.”

Bihar Heritage Development Society (BHDS) executive director Bijoy Kumar Choudhary identified the statue as of the Sun God as it displays the god’s wives, Usha and Pratyusha, and has seven horses at its base.

“The idol is so beautiful that the best museums in the world would be happy to display it,” Choudhary said. “The discovery of a Ganesh statue and burnt bricks indicate that an ancient temple is buried there under the ground.”

Patna University professor Jaidev Mishra, an expert in iconography, said the idol is made of black basalt stone and has all the art traits of having been made during the period of the Sena dynasty, which had its capital at Nabadwip in present-day Nadia district of Bengal around 123km north of Calcutta. “The Sena dynasty succeeded the Pala dynasty and ruled between 1070 AD and 1230 AD,” Mishra explained. “Its influence spread up to Darbhanga or ancient Dwar Banga region in Bihar. Going by the style, the statue could be of the time of Lakshmana Sena, who ruled during the late 12th century AD.”

Mishra said records and inscriptions of the Sena dynasty rulers have revealed that they belonged to the Saur sect and were devotees of the Sun God.

According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s online edition, Lakshmana Sena was “a great patron of literature; the poets Jayadeva and Dhoyi wrote at his court at Nadia”.

At Ghanshyampur, villagers have kept the statue in a temple and have started worshipping it with gusto, about which the BHDS executive director had a note of caution.

“Pouring water and milk applying ghee and vermilion on the idol shortens its life. We need to involve the community to protect it for the coming generations,”said Choudhary.

Shashibodh Mishra, a retired government servant and resident of Ghanshyampur, said the villagers wanted that the statue should be safe and prayers should also continue.

The government, he added, should explore the area to ascertain what else could be buried in the village.


Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

It’s every amateur treasure hunter’s dream – to find something of historical significance while swinging your metal detector from left to right in a country field. Usually, nothing of importance or worth turns up, but every now and then you might find something worth a few quid.

But 45-year-old pest control officer Jason Massey went one – well, maybe a thousand – better, when he was searching for buried treasure in a field near Crewkerne in Somerset and happened upon an 1,800-year-old gold Roman signet ring.

Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

Treasure Hunter Finds 1,800-Year Old Roman Signet Ring In Somerset

While the monetary value of the ancient ring is still being appraised, the piece of jewellery is believed to have belonged to a ‘high status’ figure, which potentially makes it one of the most significant finds in Somerset’s history.

“The Somerset Archaeological team think we have found a very high status villa complex, but more investigative work is needed,” Jason told the Mail Online.

Of course, it’s very likely that the ring is worth a substantial amount of money – which is why finding something like this is every treasure hunter’s dream. They’re doing it for fun, yes, but also on the off-chance it’ll make their fortune.

However, once researchers at the British Museum have valued the ring, Mr Massey will have to share 50 per cent of any profits he makes from it with the landowner.

Currently, that could be anything. “We have no idea how much [the ring] is worth,” he said. “There is nothing like it in the UK.”

Mr Massey served in the British armed forces between 1989 and 1992, and made the find as part of a charitable dig with the Detecting For Veterans group.

The site they were searching is west of Yeovil and is believed to have once been a high-status Roman villa, and Detecting for Veterans unearthed 60 other Roman coins on Sunday.

It’s the ring that’s getting all the attention, however. It features an engraving of Victoria, the Roman god of Victory, riding a chariot pulled by two horses.

Who knows what other treasures are hidden in the earth at the site, but the ring could indicate that are more exciting things just waiting to be found.


Nothing gets the general public more worked up about coins than saying they are sunken treasure.

The fact that Dwight Manley and his marketing group have got a new $40 million batch to sell is great news for organized numismatics. (Click here for full story.)

Anything that Manley offers will gain the immediate attention of millions of noncollectors. The news might just push some of them into actually wanting to own some of the coins that were recovered from the 1857 shipwreck of the S.S. Central America.

I even saw a mention of the story online in a British newspaper.

Lest you think coin collectors are immune to the appeal of sunken treasure, just wait until the coins go on sale. They will be housed in special Professional Coin Grading Service holders. Being properly graded is important. Preserving these coins for years to come is also key. But the special label identifies the pieces as having come from the wreck. This will distinguish them from all others and make a collectible subset of each date and mintmark involved.

Coins from the wreck will be put on display at the Long Beach Expo Feb. 22-24. This public debut will help build interest in the treasure.

The last time Manley was marketing coins recovered from the ship, they commanded premium prices. That is a reason why, as this issue is prepared, our poll question is: “Are you willing to pay more for coins that were once sunken treasure?”

 Whether the answer given by those who vote is yes or no, the fact is collectors are definitely inclined to pay more to own coins made of California gold struck at the San Francisco Mint and lost in a hurricane off North Carolina in 1857.

I think every collector knows that emotion is involved in making coin purchase decisions. I am attached to some coins more than others. That I am attached in this way might not be perfectly rational, but it is the case nevertheless. I think it is fair to say this is a characteristic of all collectors. Coin marketers can count on it.

Sunken treasure captures the imagination. Had you been a survivor of the 1857 wreck, can you image what you would have been thinking? You would have been lucky to be alive, yet you lost a fortune in gold to the bottom of the sea.

Modern collectors are the beneficiaries of the loss of 161 years ago. We are the lucky ones. What we make of this luck remains to be seen. It is early days. Manley is an expert marketer. We can be sure the Long Beach display is just the beginning of a sophisticated marketing campaign.

This article was originally printed in Numismatic News Express.


THE Bayeux Tapestry which depicts the monumental Battle of Hastings 1066 is set to be loaned to Britain and leave French shores for the first time in 950 years.

But what about the looted and foreign treasures worth potentially billions of pounds that are held by Britain and which other countries are demanding we hand back?

During the period of the Empire, Britain claimed some priceless artefacts under controverstial circumstances and countries have fought up until the present day for the historic items to be returned.

These include some of the finest examples of Greek and African art.

Here’s a list of some of the leading artefacts held in the British Museum

Rosetta Stone
Chief among the leading treasures is the 2,200-year-old Rosetta Stone tablet, which Egypt wants back.

This incredible written decree on a rock similar to granite dates back to 196 BC during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. It has been a key to deciphering ancient Egyptian texts.

The British took possession of the stone after defeating the French in Egypt in 1801 during the Napoleonic Wars.

Tom Tugendhat, the Conservative chairman of the foreign affairs select committee, said Britain should return the Egyptian masterpiece after the Bayeux Tapestry announcement.

He told BBC Radio 4: “I think that this is an opportunity for us to cement the relationship and actually one of the interesting items that we might perhaps think about lending – we would have to get the British Museum’s permission for it – is the Rosetta Stone which was discovered in Egypt by a French researcher, a French archaeologist, in the late 1700s.”

A spokeswoman from the British Museum said: “The trustees of the British Museum consider (subject to the usual considerations of condition and fitness to travel) any request for any part of the collection to be borrowed.

“The Rosetta Stone remains on public display where it is free to be viewed by over six million visitors to the Museum each year.

“We also engage widely with audiences across the world via our website.

“The British Museum has long-standing positive relationships with colleagues across the museum and archaeology sectors in Egypt.

“Each year sees collaboration on a number of fieldwork, training and research projects

Elgin Marbles
The British Museum also keeps the Elgin Marbles which were stripped from the Parthenon temple on the world-famous Acropolis site in Athens, Greece, under the orders of the 7th Earl of Elgin in 1801.

These stunning marble sculptures were created at the height of Ancient Greece’s power between 447-438 BC, and the Parthenon was dedicated to the goddess Athena.

A statement from the British Museum defended its decision to keep the Elgin Marbles.

“Lord Elgin, the British diplomat who transported the sculptures to England, acted with the full knowledge and permission of the legal authorities of the day in both Athens and London,” part of the statement read.

“Lord Elgin’s activities were thoroughly investigated by a Parliamentary Select Committee in 1816 and found to be entirely legal.

“The trustees have never been asked for a loan of the Parthenon sculptures by Greece, only for the permanent removal of all of the sculptures in its care to Athens.

“The trustees will consider (subject to the usual considerations of condition and fitness to travel) any request for any part of the collection to be borrowed and then returned.

“Though partially reconstructed, the Parthenon is a ruin.

“It is universally recognised that the sculptures that still exist could never be safely returned to the building: they are best seen and conserved in museums.”

The Summer Palace
The Chinese want the handover of items looted from the Summer Palace in Beijing during the Second Opium War by British and French troops in the 19th century.

Famously, the goods stolen before soldiers burned down the palace included a Pekinese dog which was handed to the Queen and called “Lotty”, and lived in Windsor Castle for another 11 years.

China, now the most powerful country in the world alongside the US, has never forgotten.

Benin Bronzes
Nigeria is demanding that the royal treasures of Benin are returned, claiming they were seized by British Empire troops in 1897.

These stunning metal plaques decorated the royal palace of the Benin Kingdom in the African country, and some are also held in private collections in Germany and the United States.


A THREE thousand year old hoard of Broze Age gold discovered last year in Urswick has been declared treasure.

At a treasure inquest held today (24) at Barrow Town Hall the story behind the discovery of the precious collection unfolded. In April 2017 metal detectorists John Rigg and Darren Fine unearthed an extraordinary piece of ancient Furness history. A gold bracelet, three golden lock rings and a piece of a copper cauldron dating back three thousand years have shed like on what life was like in south Cumbria for those living almost three millennia ago.

Presiding over the inquest, assistant coroner Paul O’Donnell, said: “Clearly the find of such an item in Urswick opens up a new line of in inquiry into Bronze Age settlements this far north west. This is of significant interest to archaeologists and historians alike.”

The items found were a pennacular bracelet 68mm in diameter, and three golden lock rings, which are only 34mm in diameter. Experts believe they date from between 1000BC to 800BC. Historians believe lock rings may have been used as earrings or to decorate strands of hair. Their use has also been associated with wealthy and important members of Bronze Age communities.

Cauldron fragment. The length is 27mm, the width is 31mm thickness 15mm and the weight 31.33g.
Photo: Portable Antiques Scheme
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Under the Treasure Act 1996 any item of gold or silver or groups of coins more than 300 years old have to be reported to authorities within 14 days of their discovery. An inquest will then be held to determine if they are treasure, and if so, they can be acquired by the British Museum for its collection. Pieces are valued with their amount being split 50/50 between the land owner and those who found it.


  • Some of the coins were minted during the era of Roman general Mark Antony
  • Experts said the find is very rare and each coin could sell for £900 ($12,000)
  • Coins would have circulated widely during Roman times – some dating to 32BC
  • Mike Smale, 35, found the hoard of rare ancient coins in a farmer’s field

An amateur historian using a metal detector in a farmer’s field has told how he found a once-in-a -lifetime hoard of 2,000-year-old silver Roman coins – worth up to £200,000 ($267,000).

Some of the metal disks were minted during the era Roman general Mark Antony was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt and experts said a find of this size and variety is very rare.

A single coin can sell for up to £900 ($12,000) so fisherman Mike Smale, 35, was astonished when he uncovered one pristine coin after another dating back to 32BC.

The coins will be handed over to the coroner for valuation and then likely sold to a museum, with the profits split between the farmer and Mr Smale.

Mr Smale, 35, found the hoard of 600 rare ancient coins in a farmer’s field in Bridport while hunting with friends from the Southern Detectorists club.

Father-of-one Mr Smale, a fisherman from Plymouth, Devon, said: ‘It was incredible, a true once-in-a-lifetime find.

‘I had a good idea about what it was – I had already found one or two Roman denarii that morning.

‘It’s a great find, my biggest one, but I shan’t be giving it up. It’s great fun and I’m sticking with it’, he said.

The astonishing find was made at an undisclosed farmland location in Bridport at the detectorists annual event, attended by 300 people.

‘When I found it everyone came over to have a look and find out what it was’, said Mr Smale.

‘It’s impossible to say what it’s worth, it all depends on too many factors.. How rare they are, what condition they are in, things like that.

‘But it is a substantial find, and whatever I do get I’m going to split with the guys I went up there with.’

WHAT ARE THE COINS?

An expert who has examined photos of the coins said some feature Gods, and were issued by the Roman Republic in the centuries before the birth of Christ.

Some of the metal disks were minted during the era Roman general Mark Antony was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt and experts said a find of this size and variety is very rare.

They would have circulated widely in the Roman Empire and travelled a long way.

Republican coins and those of Antony were issued before the Roman Invasion of Britain in AD 43, and would have drifted over in the pockets of Roman soldiers and citizens alike, according to an expert.

Other coins were issued by emperors who ruled during the first century AD.

One of the coins celebrated the ill-fated emperor Otho, who only ruled for three months in (January to April AD 69), during the civil wars which followed the assassination of the notorious emperor Nero.

Just a few hours in, Mr Smale’s detector started beeping manically and he quickly discovered a few coins, before he called over the officials who sectioned off the area.

They believe it was a pot of coins which had been hit by a plough and spread across the area.

The event was organised by Sean MacDonald, 47, who admits he would have paid ‘good money’ just to witness the find.

He added: ‘Bridport is a cracking area anyway, it’s very rich in history, but a find like this is unprecedented.

‘I’ve never seen a hoard of this size before. We found one in Somerset last year but there were just 180, and they weren’t of the same calibre.’

Mr MacDonald said he was elated he was shaking when he saw the find.

‘The archaeologists excavating it couldn’t believe what they were seeing because these coins are so rare’, said Mr MacDonald.

‘I personally think a find of this size and variety will never be found again.’

An expert who has examined photos of the coins said some feature Gods, and were issued by the Roman Republic in the centuries before the birth of Christ.

‘Others, which feature a distinctive galley – a type of Roman vessel – were minted by Mark Antony while he was allied with his lover Cleopatra in Egypt, between the Autumn of 32 BC to the Spring of 31’, said Dominic Chorney of A.H. Baldwin & Sons.

These coins each celebrated the various legions under his command, Mr Chorney explained.

Courtesy: Dailymail.uk


“Milestone” treasure of ancient Roman coins found at mining site

A treasure of gold and silver ancient Roman coins has been found at a mining site in Huelva, southern Spain.

The discovery is of “incalculable value and a milestone in the archeology of this mining area,” according to the archeologists from Atalaya Mining, the company running the mine who found it.  The discovery was reported by local newspaper Huelva Informacion.

The 40 or 50 coins found, which date from the 2nd century AD, according to a report in La Informacion, are said to be from the era of Nero and Trajan.

“It is a discovery of great beauty that comes to contribute data to our knowledge of RioTinto, that was the great mine of the Roman Empire,” Luis Iglesias, director of archeology at Atalaya Mining, told El Pais.

Gold and silver ancient Roman coins found at mining site

Gold and silver ancient Roman coins found at mining site

Experts believe the owner of the coins would have been an influential resident of the ancient Roman settlement of Orium. The coins were found bunched together because they would probably have been held in a leather purse before, according to the archeologists who found them.

Gold and silver ancient Roman coins found at mining site

Gold and silver ancient Roman coins found at mining site

The find has helped archeologists and historians establish that the city of Urium, on the site of the modern city of Huelva, stretched further west than previously known.

Archeologists discovered the coins as they were placing a metal sheet to protect a site that has already been identified as an area rich in Roman remains. The excavations are being funded by the local province and led by Juan Aurelio Pérez Macías, from the University of Huelva, according to El Pais.

Gold and silver ancient Roman coins found at mining site

Gold and silver ancient Roman coins found at mining site

The find adds to the discovery of 600 Roman coins in Sevilla in April 2016.

The latest haul of found coins will remain provisionally on display at the Mining Museum in Minas de RioTinto until a permanent place for them is established.

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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The treasure hunt is back on for the crew salvaging for the 1715 Fleet-Queen Jewels.

Divers from the M/V Capitana recovered two silver 8 Reales coins June 17, with new Capitana crew member Grant Gitschlag making his first-ever silver coin find.

Along with the silver coins, 110 musket balls and pistol shot also were recovered, along with shards from an olive jar and other pottery.

The coins are part of the lost treasure from the 1715 Fleet shipwrecks. Eleven galleons laden with treasures from the New World were bound for Spain but were lost during a hurricane off the coast of Florida on July 31, 1715. Most of the treasure still lies beneath the ocean.

Silver coins treasures recovered coast off Wabasso beach

Aarrr Booty diver Gavin Buck with just recovered piece of Kang Hsi porcelain.

According to the 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels’ Facebook page, recovering small items in very shallow water along the coast requires time, effort and patience. The Capitana is under the command of Capt. Jonah Martinez, who is working within a debris field known as Corrigan’s wreck, just off the coast of Wabasso Beach south to Indian River Shores.

Martinez, of Port St. Lucie, said the crew only has been able to search five or six times so far this season because of the weather. They are searching in the same general area where, last July, two gold rings were found. In August, 2015, Martinez and his crew discovered 350 gold coins worth $4.5 million just off the coast of Wabasso Beach.

Silver coins treasures recovered coast off Wabasso beach

Capt. Jonah Martinez and the crew of the M/V Capitana

“We haven’t been able to get back into that exact area so far,” Martinez said. “We just need to get a good stretch of weather again this year.”

The 1715 Fleet-Queens Jewels LLC, a historic shipwreck salvage operation, owns the exclusive rights to the remains of the 1715 Treasure Fleet. The company acquired the salvage rights from legendary treasure hunter Mel Fisher.


A hoard of coins dating from the final days of the Roman Empire has been found in an orchard in Gelderland, a province of the Netherlands, located in the central eastern part of the country.

Roman gold coins found in Netherlands

Roman gold coins found in Netherlands

Experts believe the fortune was buried by a Frankish military leader in the second half of the fifth century, when the area was part of the Western Roman Empire, which collapsed in 476AD.

Some of the 41 gold pieces unearthed in Lienden, near Veenendaal, bear the image of Majorian, one of the empire’s last rulers, who reigned for four years from 457.

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‘On that basis we think this treasure was buried in around 460,’ said Nico Roymans, professor of archaeology at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.

The collection was publicly displayed for the first time on Friday morning at the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen, which has acquired them on a long-term loan.
Roymans said the money was likely to have been paid to the Frankish warlord by the Romans in exchange for help with their troubles with local Germanic tribes such as the Visigoths.

Roman gold coins found in Netherlands

Roman gold coins found in Netherlands

Roman gold coins found in Netherlands

Roman gold coins found in Netherlands

He added that maps of the area from the 19th century show there used to be a burial mound at the spot where the coins were found, which suggests the owner planned to return and collect them.
‘The burial mound would have been easy to find in the late Roman era and maybe that was the reason for hiding the treasure there,’ said Roymans.

‘This find is unusual because it dates from so late in the period,’ said Stephan Mols, senior lecturer in archaeology at Nijmegen’s Radboud University. ‘But we are getting more and more indications that the Romans recruited soldiers and sought help here.’

Credits:  archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.in


A lorry driver from Bristol has made a big discovery in the countryside of South Gloucestershire.

Ray Duncan, 55, from Horfield, has been a keen metal detector since taking up the hobby last summer.

However, over the weekend he made a discovery beyond his wildest dreams when he found treasure in a South Gloucestershire field.

Mr Duncan – who practices his hobby every weekend – came across 13 silver sixpences and shillings spread over the area of two large tractor tyre tracks.

Each of the coins displayed King William III’s profile on them – making them 350 years old.

“I’ve never found anything like that, nothing whatsoever,” said Mr Duncan.

“These are not common. I’m amazed.

“At first I was just happy to find one. I found a William and Mary coin before but to find these is a bit more exciting.

“Finding just one was great and when I found the second hole with two more in it I couldn’t believe it.”

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Ray also found a brown clasp in the vicinity of the coins which may have formed part of a purse, and he believes a woman may have dropped it leading to the coins being buried there after centuries of the field being ploughed.

Legally Mr Duncan was required to report the find to the coroner for Avon and he is therefore unable to disclose the exact location of the find and the value of the coins.

However, searches online reveal the individual coins could be worth in excess of £200 each – but as a unit Mr Duncan believes the treasure could be worth anything.

And there could be more. The coroner has told Mr Duncan to return to the site and make sure he hasn’t missed anything.

“They’re better off in a museum than with me,” he said. “There will be a plaque saying I found them and I will receive the full value.

“I’ll know where they are, that they’re kept safe and that everyone can see them.”

Mr Duncan has been invited to present his treasure and other finds at an event at Bristol’s Blaise Castle in July.