Norfolk named top county for hidden treasure as South-East tops detectorists charts again

Some of the pieces from the largest Anglo-Saxon gold hoard ever found. 
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Some of the coins discovered in the biggest Anglo-Saxon hoard ever found. Credit: PA Images

New figures have revealed the buried treasure hotspot of the country is once again the south-east of England.

The region is the top spot for treasure discoveries with some 265 finds made last year, according to provisional figures from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The statistics, which cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland, show Norfolk was the top county to seek out treasure as 86 discoveries were made there.

Behind Norfolk was Kent with 74, Wiltshire with 68 and Hampshire with 67 finds respectively last year.

There were 1,079 discoveries in England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2021, making it the eighth year in a row that the number of treasure finds topped 1,000.

A breakdown of the types of objects found in 2021 is not yet available.

Detailed figures available for 2020 show 1,071 treasures were found, including 1,039 finds from metal detecting.

Of reported finds, 876 cases were objects and 195 were coins.

Around a third of objects found and a quarter of the coins were acquired by or donated to museums – totalling 304 additions.

The DCMS figures show the number of reported treasure finds for 2020 and provisional figures for 2021 within England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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