Metal detectors cause of 12% rise in discovery of historic artifacts

An Iron Age torc, valued at UKĀ£350,000, is one of the highlights of this year's archaeological discoveries in the UK. The necklace was found near Newark in Nottinghamshire. (photos)

Officials at the British Museum report that discoveries of valuable artifacts have risen by 12.6% in the past year, a rise they contribute to the increase in popularity of metal detectors. Culture minister Barbara Follett said: "The treasures of the past that are found in the fields, farms and fells across the United Kingdom are vital pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of our history."

Read the complete story of this year's discoveries or view photos of the highlights by clicking the links below.