A GOLD, Bronze Age, children’s broach has been found during a weekend metal detecting rally in the Forest of Dean.
The significant find was the highlight of a successful maiden event organised by the Forest of Dean metal detecting club.
Dave Warren, of the club, said: “The weekend went really well.
“The finds were amazing overall for the whole weekend and not just the Bronze Age treasure find.
“Over the weekend people found a silver hammer coin, Bronze Age axe head and a Roman broach and Roman coins.
“The big find was the Bronze Age golden child’s bracelet which is a very significant find for this area.
“I have been metal detecting for about 11 years and never found anything like this before.
“It must be about 2,000 years old and I would imagine it belonged to a very wealthy person and to find it here in the Forest of Dean which has never been known as a rich area, is a brilliant find.”
Mr Warren added: “The wet weather we had over the weekend may have helped us a bit.
“Most metal detectors only reach down to a depth of 12 inches at a maximum, and this bracelet was found at a depth of about 18 inches.
“The rain has made the ground softer and has possibly meant that the detector reached the treasure item.”
Kurt Adams, a county finds liaison officer, was at the rally to verify any of the findings.
The event was held at Lydney Rugby Club.
Club member Nick Tyson said: “This was the first time we have held the event.
“It was an event sponsored by the rugby club. We provided car parking and let people use the bar in the club.
“Around 140 people attended the weekend metal detecting rally.
“We had people come from Durham, the Isle of Wight, Liverpool and Wales.
“We were all pleasantly surprised with the finds.
“An event like this was something different to do to raise money for the rugby club and we did raise quite a bit.
“Nowadays pubs and rugby clubs are having to find new ways of raising money other than disco night and things that involve alcohol with the drink drive laws.”