Metal Detectorists Were Combing A Wood In Russia When They Stumbled Upon A Buried WWII Treasure

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Image: Facebook/юрий гончар / YouTube/Юрий Гагарин

In 2013 photos of an incredible WWII discovery hit the internet. Apparently, the find had been the work of dedicated metal detectorists somewhere in Russia – but very little additional information was available at the time. In 2017, however, a video of the unearthing emerged on YouTube, and it provided fascinating insight into the entire event.

Image: Facebook/юрий гончар

The video came courtesy of a YouTube user known as “Yuri Gagarin.” But although there is a “verified” tick by Gagarin’s name on the site, it’s safe to assume that he is not in fact the famous pioneering cosmonaut. The real Gagarin is, after all, no longer with us.

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Image: Facebook/юрий гончар

No, this Gagarin is actually a metal detectorist. Generally speaking, detectorists are like amateur archaeologists. Indeed, they are on the search for artifacts from history and can spend a lot of their spare time looking for them. But some professionals don’t think very highly of them at all.

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