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Aldridge treasure hunter digs up rare Roman brooch

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 02, 2014

By John Butterworth

  • ABOVE: Craig Pulley with the rare Roman brooch and ABOVE RIGHT: A close-up of the find while ABOVE LEFT: The other Roman jewellery he found

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A NOVICE treasure hunter has unearthed a rare Roman brooch in a field on the outskirts of his home town of Aldridge,

Craig Pulley nearly threw it away as he thought it was tat, but when he cleaned it up he thought it looked interesting and decided to get expert advice.

Craig took up metal detecting only four months ago and has already dug up jewellery and many old coins.

But the 50-year-old says his latest find is easily his best as experts at Birmingham Museum have identified it as an Aesica brooch dating from between 70AD and 100AD. They are still working on where it originated from.

Craig said: "I had been finding brass buckles and bits of door furniture door knobs and when the brooch came up covered in dirt there was no detail. It looked like another piece of door furniture and I thought it was tat. I put in my finds pouch and when I got home I took another look at the brooch and thought it looked interesting so I cleaned it to reveal the detail." He added: "I had a rally with Fourquarters metal detecting club at the weekend so I took it along to Pona, one of the more seasoned members, to see if he could shed some light on it. He suggested sending this rare find off to Birmingham Museum as he had only ever seen one in a book before."

But the brooch, made of copper alloy, won't make him rich even though he will be able to keep it as it is not made from precious metal.

Added: Craig: "I will probably get it mounted in a frame and hang it in my home as an interesting souvenir from my hobby."

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