When Laurence Egerton’s metal detector turned up something of extraordinary value, he went to great lengths to protect it. Egerton routinely founds old shotgun cartridges and metal junk, but when his detector went off as he was surveying near the site of ancient Roman villa, he knew he had a unique find. He started digging and began bringing up shovels full of ancient gold and copper coins. The coins dated to the third and fourth century, and archeologists immediately wanted to dig to make sure they found everything that might be buried there. Every night when the archeologists left, Egerton stayed at the site, sleeping in his car to make sure no one disturbed the rare find. Authorities declared the coins to be official treasure and a nearby museum is working to raise the money to buy them. Egerton has a license to operate on the land where the coins were found, so he and the landowner will split the proceeds, which is expected to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Egerton said, “I have found lots of interesting items, but never anything of this magnitude.” He added, “It really doesn’t get any better than this.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Guy discovers treasure, guards it by sleeping in car for 3 days, By Evann Gastaldo,
Matthew 13:44 (HCSB) “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field.