Treasure island – the best archaeological finds in Britain

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The recent discovery of the biggest hoard of gold ever found in Britain has brought tears to the eyes of experts and amateurs alike. Last month, Terry Herbert stumbled upon the huge trove of Anglo-Saxon treasure - worth at least £1 million - while metal detecting in a Shropshire field, while earlier this week, David Booth unearhed a £1 million Iron Age hoard.

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But they aren’t the only amateurs to have hit the jackpot. Several finds by metal detectorists have stunned archaeologists and proven that the hobby can have surprisingly spectacular - and lucrative - results.