Saturday, May 24, 2014

3,500-year-old tribal gold lunula found

Treasure hunter David Spohr was searching in Tarrant Valley, Dorset when he found a 3,500-year-old tribal gold necklace called a Lunula. - meaning 'little moon' in Latin due to their shape.

The necklaces were worn by ancient tribal leaders as a symbol of power.
The lunula unearthed by Mr Spohr weighs 71.5 grams, and is one of only a handful ever found in mainland Britain - and the first to be discovered using a metal detector. Only three others have ever been found in Britain, the last of which was dug up in Wales in 1869.

The necklace could be worth as much as £20,000. The find would have been worth even more but it is thought to have been damaged by a farmer's plough.