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1 Feb 2024

53,490

Number of Archaeological Finds by Public Recorded by The British Museum, A Record

In 2022, the British Museum recorded[ 53,490 archaeological finds](https://www.cbsnews.com/news/british-museum-biggest-treasure-finds-public-record-breaking-year/) by the public, over 1,300 of which were classified as treasure cases. A significant portion of these discoveries were made by metal-detecting, though some were found through mud-larking along riverbanks. Highlights include an intricately carved rosary bead, a 3,000-year-old gold dress fastener, and a hoard of Iron Age gold coins, showcasing the public's vital role in expanding UK's archaeological knowledge.