Technology of Cheapside Hoard amazes modern researchers

Researchers from Birmingham City University have used modern technology to re-examine the Cheapside Hoard - "the world's largest collection of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery discovered in a London cellar in 1912" -- and were "stunned at the advanced technologies" used to craft the items.

"Our forensic analysis has revealed the amazing technologies which craftsmen of this period were using - and we fear some of these 400-year-old processes may now be lost to us," said Dr Ann-Marie Carey. Among the items studied was a Ferlite watch, so technologically advanced that it was described as the "iPod of its day."