A 13-year-old girl found two ancient items that led to the discovery of hundreds more. Milly Hardwick was on a trip with her father near the town of Royston, England, when she found two items in a field in South Cambs that date back to the Bronze Age and could possibly be identified as treasure.
Milly unearthed axe fragments that may date back to the year 1300 BC. After her discovery, archaeologists took over and unearthed approximately 200 additional items. Included in the hundreds of items were winged axe heads, socketed axe heads, blade fragments, and cake ingots that were all created with copper-alloy.
The teenager described the incredible experience, “We were on a dig and we were told everything was on the left side of the field.” “We went around for a bit and found nothing. We went back to the van for lunch and then me and my dad went to the right side of the field and I found a signal, and told my dad to come over.” That’s when they unearthed the two axe fragments. Then they dug up 20 more items but reburied them until the next day when the archaeologists took over the dig.
Cllr Lorna Dupré, who is the chair of the environment and green investment committee for Cambridgeshire County Council, explained the magnitude of the discovery in further details, “We can confirm that what we believe to be two Bronze Age hoards containing around 200 items have been found on land near to Royston.” “These are being treated as two separate but related potential treasure cases as defined by the Treasure Act 1996.”
As for what happens now, Dupré stated, “The find was reported to county council archaeologists who subsequently worked with Oxford Archaeology East to ensure full and proper recovery of the hoards.” The items will be analyzed in further detail and a report will be sent to the coroner. If the coroner declares it a treasure and if a museum is interested in obtaining the items, the owner of the land and the person who found it will be eligible to get a reward. In fact, Milly could get 50% of the reward.
The hoard will then be brought to the British Museum in London. In the meantime, you can see some of the items as pictures of the hoard can be viewed here.