A metal detector enthusiast who has made more than 500 significant archaeological finds has been praised by the British Museum.
Tom Redmayne, from North Somercotes, Lincolnshire, has helped build a picture of the county with his finds.
British Museum data shows that Lincolnshire was one of the top three areas of the country for Portable Antiquities Scheme finds in 2012.
People who find items can log them with the PAS database, set up in 1997.
It has now recorded more than 900,000 finds in its 15-year history.
In its annual PAS report, the British Museum said: “His [Tom Redmayne’s] finds have been of a consistently high standard, and the information now produced is of great benefit to understanding the archaeological landscape of the Lincolnshire marsh region.
Adam Daubney, finds liaison officer at Lincolnshire County Council, said Mr Redmayne was “an ambassador” for metal detector users everywhere.
“Tom is exceptionally knowledgeable and methodical about his finds”
“For archaeologists the find spot is more important than the object itself – it tells us about where people were living and what they were doing.”
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