The discovery of historic artifacts using a metal detector has begun a popular pastime in Britain and Ireland, but some enthusiasts are using their equipment to discover and keep, or sell, their objects without permission. One such hobbyist died last year leaving nearly 1000 artifacts to be returned to their rightful owner, the National Museum of Ireland. (photos)
Among the artifacts are coins from the reigns of Edward I - Edward III, King John, Henry VIII and more. The museum now faces the enormous task of dating and placing the items without knowledge of where they were found.