Neolithic arrowheads and a snake-shaped belt hook among finds uncovered by gardeners
Neolithic arrowheads and an ancient belt hook are among several historical artefacts unearthed in Britons’ back gardens during lockdown.
The British Museum’s portable antiquities scheme has been notified of a number of archaeological discoveries from people who had extra time to tend to their gardens during the weeks of restrictions.
Among these treasures is a post-medieval belt hook in the shape of a snake found in Herefordshire, and a medieval silver coin discovered beneath a lawn in Stoke-on-Trent. In Coventry, a rock with script thought to date from the fourth century was found. Meanwhile, eight fragments of Roman greyware pottery were found in the Leicestershire village of Wymeswold.
Peter Reavill, a finds liaison officer, said that fossils “found when people have been digging flowerbeds” were sent to his local museum in Shropshire.