You are 60 years old and you are getting off work as a bus driver, you have made you very last drop off of a rider and what do you do? Grab your Metal Detector and head to the nearest field and start swinging your coil passion. You hear that “beep of bonanza” and what do you find? Just a mere 10 inches down you find remains of an axe head, but the more you poke around your metal detector keeps singing and you have just found one of the largest Bronze Age Hoards ever unearthed!
That is exactly what, nearing retirement age amateur Metal Detectorist, Tom Peirce did and he now is in store for a HEALTHY RETIREMENT FUND!
Bus driver and metal detector fanatic Tom Peirce is in for a bumper pay day!
He unearthed 500 Bronze Age artifacts – one of the largest ever ancient finds. Amateur treasure hunter Mr Peirce started combing a field after dropping off a school coach party at a farm – and now he could have a haul worth more than £80,000 on his hands.
Within a few minutes, the device began beeping and the 60-year-old dug 10 inches into the ground to find a partial axe head.
Peirce realized he had struck it lucky when he dug deeper and found dozens more. Over the next two days, he and colleague Les Keith uncovered nearly 500 bronze artefacts dating back 3,000 years. The find prompted a Time Team-style search of the area by excited archaeologists. The hoard, which included 268 complete axe heads, is one of the biggest of its kind found in Britain. Mr Peirce, 60, will have to split any proceeds with landowner Alfie O’Connell.
Mr Peirce said: “We are extremely thrilled and excited because this was a once-in-a-lifetime find. It’s like winning the lottery – you don’t think it is going to happen to you. “If you speak to other detectorists, they will find a nice coin or something in 20 or 30 years of treasure hunting. “You do it as a hobby – you don’t do it for the money but if you strike it lucky then so be it.”
Mr Peirce stumbled upon the field after taking a group of schoolchildren for a day out at the farm near Swanage, Dorset. He asked farmer Mr O’Connell for permission to search the two-acre field and later returned with Mr Keith. The hoard was found up to 2ft down in three holes spread 50ft apart. It is believed there was a Bronze Age settlement nearby where the axe heads would have been manufactured. READ THE REST OF THE STORY BELOW: