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Metal detecting finds go on show at Salisbury Museum

Roman bust of a Maenad Image copyright Salisbury Museum
Image caption Among the objects is this cast Roman bust of a Maenad, a female follower of the god Bacchus.

A selection of objects found by a husband and wife metal detecting team over a 20-year period have gone on display at Salisbury Museum.

Objects found by Brian and Val Rees in the Deverill valley near Warminster, include a Roman bust, a medieval tag and gilded medieval brooch.

Other items found locally by members of the public are also on show, including a medieval seal and a Bronze Age sword.

A fragment of a Bronze Age spear and a Roman bowl are also on display.

A museum spokesman said Mr and Mrs Rees had been working closely with the Portable Antiquities Scheme for the past 11 years.

The scheme was set up in 1997 to encourage the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public.

Museum director Adrian Green said: "I'm delighted to have the opportunity to show just how important the work of some talented local detectorists has become.

"Since they've been co-operating with the scheme, their work has contributed enormously to our understanding of the history of Wessex."

The temporary exhibition will be on show in the museum's new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology until the end of February.

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Image caption This early medieval hooked tag shows an eagle stretching its wings and talons, and is made from copper alloy with silver plate inlaid with niello.
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Image caption This pointed oval seal matrix from the sub deanery of Salisbury, made from copper-alloy between AD 1300 to AD 1400, was donated by an individual who found it whilst gardening in Laverstock
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Image caption The hilt of this Ewart Park Phase sword was broken during the late Bronze Age. A section of the blade was hammered flat to create a makeshift hilt so that the sword could continue being used

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