Famous Treasure Finds in the United Kingdom

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This page lists famous treasure finds in the UK including those found without the aid of a metal detector (e.g. by archaeologists, workmen digging etc.). There is a separate page dedicated to famous treasures found with a metal detector.

Bronze Age

The Migdale Hoard
The Isleham Hoard

Iron Age

The Snettisham Treasure (Snettisham, Norfolk), the greatest iron age treasure ever discovered in the UK and one of the largest treasure finds in British history.
The Silsden Hoard, a hoard of iron age gold staters and a roman finger ring.


The Mildenhall Treasure (Mildenhall, Suffolk), a large hoard of Roman silverware, the great dish of the Mildenhall treasure has to be seen to be believed.
The Hoxne Treasure (Hoxne, Suffolk), one of the largest hoards ever discovered in England, more than 15,000 roman coins and roman silverware.
The Water Newton Treasure
The Corbridge Lanx Roman Treasure, an important piece of fourth century roman silverware. More of the Corbridge treasure may lie undiscovered in the river Tyne.
The Frome hoard, over 52,000 roman coins discovered by metal detectorist Dave Crisp in a single pot.


The Sutton Hoo Treasure (Woodbridge, Suffolk), probably the greatest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered.
The Staffordshire Hoard, probably the second greatest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever discovered.


The Cuerdale Hoard (Preston, Lancashire), an incredible haul of Viking silver.
The Vale Of York Hoard, a hoard of Anglo-Saxon and Viking silver coins, jewellery and scrap silver.


The Middleham Jewel (Middleham, North Yorkshire), one of the most impressive metal detecting finds of all time, discovered by Ted Seaton in 1985.

Other Famous Lost Treasures

The Treasure of Loch Arkaig, a hoard of gold coins intended to fund the Jacobite rebellion, the treasure has never been recovered.

Other Treasure Finds, Potential Treasure Leads

See also

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Famous Treasures Lost & Found
Famous Treasure Finds in the United Kingdom
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