Our Precious Past: unearthing buried treasure and the stories it tellsCourse Full
Tutor: Richard StoneCourse Code: 3321-03


Long-buried material discovered during archaeological digs, by chance, and by metal detectorists continues to provide valuable insights into our history. This course examines some of the most significant finds, from the Mold Gold Cape to the Staffordshire Hoard via Sutton Hoo. Why were these objects buried? What do they teach us?


This illustrated course will explore some of the key discoveries that have shaped our understanding of the past. The advent of metal detecting has led to a huge surge in archaeological finds defined as ‘Treasure’ and added immeasurably to our knowledge. The scale and value of finds also led to a new Treasure Act in 1996, which replaced the ancient law of Treasure Trove. As well as spectacular objects from past excavations, we will look at the very latest finds and what we learn from them, and along the way consider how the Treasure Act works in partnership with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Please bring with you

A notebook and pen will be useful.
‘Show & tell items’ are always welcome’


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Richard Stone

Richard Stone

Richard is an experienced tutor and the author of several books on history. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Leicester.

16th to 17th Aug 2021
Monday to Tuesday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session

"Most interesting." (Summer School 2019)

Richard is an interesting lecturer, easy to have a two-way conversation. (Summer School 2021)

"As usual, Richard has given us an excellently researched and fascinating course." (Summer School 2019)

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