Untouched bronze age site found by metal detector enthusiasts in Lancashire

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An untouched Bronze Age burial site is due to be excavated thanks to a "lucky" discovery by a pair of metal detector enthusiasts.

Matthew Hepworth and David Kierzek unearthed several rare artefacts in a field in Lancashire, including a chisel and a dagger.

This led to an ancient barrow being located at the site which had lain undiscovered for thousands of years.

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A selection of Bronze Age stone tools, dating to approximately 2500BC, excavated from the site Credit: DigVentures

Mr Hepworth, 40, who works as a community nurse, previously discovered a stash of Viking silver in the area, which can now be seen at Lancaster City Museum.

He said finding the burial monument, which was used for around 1,500 years from the late Neolithic period to the middle or late Bronze Age, is "as good as it gets".

He and Mr Kierzek, 51, will be taking part in the dig in July, which will take place with the help of £49,500 funding from Heritage Lottery Fund.

DigVentures is inviting members of the public to join the excavation through a crowdfunding campaign.

Brendon Wilkins, archaeologist and projects director at DigVentures, said barrows are the "best windows we have into the lives and deaths of Bronze Age Britons".