“It went beep, beep, beep. Then we dug into the mud"

Finding treasure with a metal detector is a hobby for all ages. Just ask three-year-old James Hyatt who, along with Dad and Grandpa, discovered an engraved gold reliquary locket from the early 16th century 8 inches beneath the Essex soil. (photo)

“It went beep, beep, beep. Then we dug into the mud. There was gold there,” said James. The locket is believed to be a rare reliquary, which bears the image of a female saint, probably Saint Helena, and contained a few fibers of flax. The piece was acquired by the British Museum for UK£70,000.