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19 February 2007
Britain's oldest earrings found

A metal detecting enthusiast is thought to have unearthed Britain's most ancient fashion accessory a 4,500-year-old pair of gold earrings. John Caluori found the 3cm-wide discs in a field near the village of Gilmorton, Leicestershire (England).
     The British Museum is now analysing the find but an inquest has declared the earrings treasure trove, which means Mr Caluori, a 64-year-old tenant farmer, will be entitled to the proceeds from their sale. Wendy Scott, a finds liaison officer with the British Museum, said: 'This is the oldest known metalwork in Britain. It's extremely rare. They date from a time when people were just beginning to work with metal, so they would have been worn by someone quite important.'

Source: Metro.co.uk (6 February 2007)

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