Detectorist finds 2000 years old Roman lead ingot
A metal-detecting amateur found the dream find of every enthusiast- a 2000 years old ingot from the roman empire. Jason Baker, a 31 year old Detectorist stumbled across a 60 cm big ingot at a farm during a detecting rally. He said that he heard a really good signal and that the detector almost went crazy, so he knew there must have been something big there.
The romans mined up lead, and casted it into big blocks of lead, put the emperors name on and sent it back to Rome. This one probably got lost. He doesent have to split it 50/50 with the landowner, because it is made of lead and not gold or silver, like the Treasure Act says. What do you guys think about this find? Should he donate it to a museum or sell it?
Hello Tim, He could still ask if a museum would like to purchase it using lottery and heritage grants. Ultimately it is his decision..He might just like to keep it in his own collection. But if he decided to sell the landowner could take him to court for some portion of the value as it was found on his land. The norm been 60/40 for old valuable items that are not treasure trove in the finders favour.
Hi! Thank you very much for this information! Always useful to know such tings:)
Wow! Interesting to know about laws for treasure hunters! Thank you Stuart!