A pensioner found a 3.000-year-old treasure in the forest: I had a better chance of winning the lottery

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Jonathan Needham discovered a holder for a dress or cloak made in the bronze age and hopes that the proceeds will enable him to go on vacation in the Caribbean.

Pensioner Jonathan Needham, from Hucknall, was walking in the woods looking for metal trinkets when he came across a real treasure - a golden dress hanger. 3.000 years old. This object, 127 millimeters long and weighing 108,98 grams, is only one of seven such objects found in England.

As he says, at first he thought it was an aluminum handle, so he posted the photo on the Internet. Very soon he was informed of what he had found.

– People immediately started telling me that it was a 3.000-year-old gold object, so we could celebrate. We hit the roof of the car out of luck - Needham told The BBC.

He and his friend Malcolm Begley were on a walk together in Staffordshire, one of many they embark on as amateur treasure hunters with metal detectors.

– This is incredible. Crazier than in my wildest dreams. We were in the car when we realized how valuable the item was. People probably thought we were completely crazy. When we got home and did some research, we realized it was a real treasure. We absolutely could not believe what we found. I didn't sleep for a second that night. I knew how special this item was and I couldn't stop looking at it. This is a once in a billion discovery. I had better chances to win the lottery - said Needham, writes from The Daily Mail.

The British Museum, which now houses this object, has confirmed that it is a 3.000-year-old dress stand.

– This incredible gold object illustrates the cultural links between Ireland and Britain during the Bronze Age. At the time, Irish artisans were making some of the finest gold jewelry in Europe. As confirmed by detailed analysis by British Museum scholar Laura Peruchetti and curator Neil Wilkin, the large holder is made of solid lacquer with two cup-shaped sections attached to it. It was most likely worn over a cloak, skirt or dress of an important person. Only seven of the species have been discovered in England and Wales, and the Staffordshire find is one of the best preserved. It was found by Jonathan Needham while searching for the precious metal and will likely be purchased by the museum, the British Museum said in a statement.

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