British Museum in U.K. has reported record levels of historical discoveries this year. People have found more than 47,000 objects with metal detectors. Metal detecting is big hobby in the U.K. Many people go out in countryside to try and find old coins and other treasure. This year, more people have been metal detecting. This is because of coronavirus. Metal detecting is good hobby that means social distancing is very easy. People have been recording their finds on app on British Museum's website. U.K. Culture Minister said: "It is brilliant to see [app] growing from strength to strength during lockdown thanks to garden discoveries and digital reporting."
British Museum said people have dug up many exciting and interesting things this year. Perhaps best find among new discoveries are two hoards of coins. One of hoards contained 50 South African solid gold coins found 50 miles northwest of London. The other coin hoard contained gold coins and one silver coin featuring British kings Edward IV and Henry VIII. Experts believe they were buried in 16th century. Another find was ancient Roman furniture fitting made of copper. It featured face of the god Oceanus and dates to AD 43-200. The British Museum said app, "ensures finds, important for understanding Britain's past, are not lost but instead recorded".