Article | 50 greatest national treasures revealed

Published by The Telegraph, written by , Arts Correspondent, Sunday 15th July 2012

After sifting through hundreds of thousands of submissions, a panel of archaeological experts have chosen what they consider are the 50 greatest treasures discovered in the past 15 years.

From rare Iron Age jewels to an antique prosthetic nose – the Tudor alternative to cosmetic surgery – they include extraordinary artefacts that lay untouched for centuries.

Each item was judged on its national, historical and cultural significance and will feature on the ITV series Britain’s Secret Treasures.

Since the British Museum launched a scheme to record archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales 15 years ago, it has documented 800,000 items, many found because of the booming popularity of metal-detecting.

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