This Man Uncovered A Treasure Trove Worth Millions – But Then He Deeply Regretted His Discovery

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An amateur metal detectorist is eagerly scanning the ground on Fred Johnson’s farm in the English countryside. Suddenly, Terry Herbert’s second-hand device begins to beep – and not just once. Then, beneath the soil, he uncovers treasure beyond his wildest dreams. But astonishingly, three years later, he will call his discovery a tragic curse.

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It’s July 5, 2009, and Herbert has stumbled across what’s now known as the Staffordshire Hoard. Ultimately, archaeologists will pull more than 3,500 pieces out of the ground – dazzling metalwork forged in silver and gold. And by the time they’re finished, they’ll be left with the biggest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure that has ever been found.

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