Back-garden archaeology: Britons unearth artefacts during lockdown

Neolithic arrowheads and a snake-shaped belt hook among finds uncovered by gardeners

Neolithic arrowheads found in a UK garden during lockdown. Photograph: British Museum/PA

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.

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