As romantic as it may sound to find buried treasure, the odds aren’t going to allow it. There’s too much ground to cover, it likely takes more than the average metal detector to find it, and excavating it is an ordeal in itself. With all of that said, Phil Kirk has proven himself as a statistical impossibility.
Kirk once found an old Roman coin in the fields of Kelshall, a town between London and Cambridge; excited by the prospect, he returned to see what else he could find. With a metal detector in tow, he found several jugs and a dish. After that, he brought in experts to lend a hand. Together, they unearthed a bronze pin, an iron lamp, glassware, and bottles — one of which held cremated bones. It didn’t take much to figure out why: Kirk found a grave, not just a bunch of artifacts.
Incidentally, Kirk and the experts didn’t find any old grave; based on the items found inside it — including the remains of sandals, cups, and coins of long-passed emperors — they reasoned that the person buried inside was a man of wealth. As for the age, the coins gave them a good idea; based on the condition, it was declared that the unearthed grave dated back to roughly 200 A.D. That’s quite the find for someone who strolled through a field one day.