More than 150 buried treasure troves have been discovered in the West Midlands and Staffordshire since records began 10 years ago, figures reveal.

Data from the British Museum and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport showed 172 finds have been made since 2012, including 27 last year.

150 Treasure Troves Discovered in the Last 10 Years: The Golden Era of Treasure Hunting

But the overall number of finds is expected to be much higher – with the figures not including the prominent Staffordshire Hoard found near Lichfield in 2009.

Figures show a total of 161 finds have been recorded in Staffordshire, with treasure hunters having less luck in the West Midlands with only 11 finds.

Across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the number of treasure finds topped 1,000 for the seventh year in a row when 1,077 discoveries were made.

More than 6,000 finds – which could include a single object or a hoard of coins – were recorded with the museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme during the first lockdown alone, when hunting with a metal detector outside the home was banned.

Former culture minister Caroline Dinenage said it was “brilliant” to see the scheme grow from strength to strength during lockdown thanks to garden finds and digital reporting.

By Mbappe

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