The Youngest Treasure Hunter
"It went beep, beep mommy!” said the Youngest Treasure Hunter!
You’re never too young to treasure hunt. James Hyatt found a 500-year-old gold pendant, valued at 4 million dollars, when he was only 3 years old! This young treasure hunter had gone out treasure hunting with his dad one day. He was using his dad’s metal detector and navigating through the fields in Hockley, Essex when he said the detector went “beep, beep, beep!”
Metal detecting has been James’ father’s hobby for 15 years, but he’d never found anything big like the pendant that James found.
The pendant bore the image of the Virgin Mary, which led experts to believe that it was made during the 16th century, around the time of King Henry VIII. The pendant was believed to have belonged to one of the members of the royal family.
James’ parents have always considered him to be lucky. They said he would do things like go to a doctor’s appointment, stick his hands in the side of the couch and retrieve money.
In describing the find in his own words, James said, “we dug into the mud and there was gold there. We didn’t have a map; only pirates have treasure maps.”
Who says that you can’t do anything when you’re young? James has certainly set the bar for being the youngest treasure hunter ever in history and has given the phrase, “beginner’s luck” a whole new meaning!
Pendant made of gold. Experts believed that the pendant was made during a prehistoric age called the Neolithic era.
What is so interesting about the find is that experts didn’t think that people of that age had been using metal yet, let alone gold. The pendant the hiker found shed new light on what we know about the Neolithic age. It seems that people from that era were more advanced than what had been thought.Since the pendant find, two other similar artefacts have been found and 25 other prehistoric settlements have been unearthed around the area.
Thessaloniki is a place with a treasure trove of ancient artefacts may be waiting to be discovered. Even more rare is that the hiker who found the gold pendant refused to be indentified and she refused any reward for what she found. She just wanted to make sure that the artefact treasure was properly handled and taken care of.