I happened across an article last week regarding a big treasure find – apparently it may well be the prized Nibelung treasure. From what I read it looks like someone may well have found it using an electronic metal detector.
The article on the Huffington post says that the find may be worth up to 1 million euros! Apparently the guy that made the find was a little bit naughty and was treasure hunting illegally. He came unstuck when he tried to sell it on the black market where the authorities discovered his bounty and charged him with numerous offenses.
When the experts had a look at the find they initially claimed that it was the Nibelung treasure, but they aren’t 100% sure.
I am in two minds about this find. I like that this stuff has been uncovered and we can all learn about it’s historical significance, but I do not like that unscrupulous people want to hock it off and try to make a quick buck. To me this type of find has to be stored in a museum. The guy that got busted gives all ameter detectorists a bad name and this is exactly why many people want to have detecting outlawed.
I would be interested in hearing what others think about this – you know, make sure I’m not just talking to myself over here :p