North Elmsall Brooch find is a real treasure

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TREASURE has been unearthed in North Elmsall.

A silver medieval brooch that was found on farmland in September 2011, was confirmed as treasure by West Yorkshire coroner, David Hinchliff on Monday.

Under the Treaure Act of 1996, all items that are more than 300 years old and contain at least 10 per cent of gold or silver, must be reported to the coroner in the district they were found.

The treasure trove hearing was told how a Castleford man had been metal detecting on farmland with the permission of the farmer, when he came across the round brooch.

Recognising it as a ‘significant find’ he reported it to the local Portable Antiquities Service, which has been liaising with the British Museum in accordance with the law.

Mr Hinchliff said: “According to a museum expert, the find dated back to the 13th or 14th century.”

He added: “It’s nice to do these things rather than dealing with death and destruction like we usually do.”

Amy Downes, finds liaison officer for the West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service, said the brooch was more of a clothing fastener than a piece of jewellery.

She added; “It’s nice to have some evidence from North Elmsall’s medieval past.”

An independent treasure committee will now meet to determine the brooch’s market value, and whatever it fetches will be divided between the finder and the landowner.

Ms Downes said Wakefield Museum Service was interested in buying the piece, which has been logged on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database at www.finds.org.uk