Illegal metal detectorist tears Roman gold from ground in Germany

Investigators in Germany are untangling the case of a metal detectorist who illegally dug up more than EU€1 million worth of Roman gold in a forest in southern Rheinland-Pfalz. The perpetrator may already have sold some of the pieces on the Black Market. (photos)

Some of the treasure was uncovered, including "a number of leaf-shaped solid gold brooches which are thought to have formed part of the decorations from a coat of high office which once belonged a very important Roman ruler." At least part of the treasure was destroyed when it was  "brutally torn out of the earth," according to chief archaeologist Axel von Berg.

Now speculation has begun on whether the treasure could be the legendary Nibelungun gold.