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Metal detector fan digs up 2,000 year old Roman ignot worth tens of thousands of pounds

Jason Baker found the rare piece, known as a pig, on a Somerset farm just 18 months after taking up the pursuit A metal detecting enthusiast has hit the jackpot after unearthing a 2,000-year-old Roman ingot. Jason Baker discovered the "very rare" find - known as a pig - on a rally organised by the Southern Detectorists Club. Mr Baker, who has only been metal detecting for 18 months, stumbled across the 2ft mining ingot on a farm in Wells, Somerset, with the ancient artefact inscribed with the name of emperor Marcus Aurelius Armeniacus. The 31-year-old, from Plymouth, said the find of the ancient 38kg stone has 'changed his life'. He said: "Normally I find just a couple of Roman coins and that's normally a good day, so to find something like this has just changed my life. "There's been one sold - a smaller one - for £36,000 and I've heard a few reports of some fetching £250,000." Amatuer detectorist Baker said there had been a "frenzy of finds" so when his detector "went off" he "knew it was something good". And according to Mr Baker, a member of staff from the Museum of Somerset in Taunton had been at the dig and said it was the "best thing he'd ever seen". He added: "When the Romans invaded Britain 2,500 years ago, they mined up the lead, cast it into big lead blocks and put the emperor's name on it and sent it back to Rome. "Basically mine got lost on the process back to Rome," he said. Read more: A 2,300-year-old rare gold crown found in tatty box is worth a LOT of money Sean McDonald, from the club, said the last Roman pig found was in the 18th century. He added: "It is such a rare find it's hard to put a price on it. A minimum would be £60,000 but it could go over that fivefold. Tell a Friend | View Comments (0) | Mon 30 May 2016, 19:21pm

 

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