Man Discovers the Buried Chain and Continues Pulling It, Unable to Believe What He Found

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Many children fantasize about going on crazy adventures to find buried treasure. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the majority of adults out there wouldn’t mind coming across some hidden fortune. Luckily for this man, his childhood dreams became a reality when he stumbled upon something very interesting one ordinary day. He discovered a buried chain with his metal detector while pilfering around. Although nothing looked out of the ordinary at first, he quickly came to realize that he had stumbled across a valuable piece of history. This finding has likely changed his perspective when it comes to luck and good fortune.

Below, click next to find out what this man discovered when pulling on an old buried chain that he found when searching for metal.

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An Ordinary Day

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Even though many of us dream about finding buried treasure, most of us will never have this dream become a reality.

However, Mike Smith is one of the lucky few that is able to say otherwise. Even though Mike had owned a metal detector for many years, he had never found anything life-changing before this day. Everything seemed completely ordinary as he headed out into the field for his daily metal-detecting – little did he know that his life was about to change forever.

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Nothing Can Stop Him

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Mike had a passion for discovering, hence his hobby of metal-detecting. However, even though he loved finding hidden items, he always longed to find historical relics and artifacts – this was because he had another passion for history.

He even says that he used to curl up with history books as a young boy, finding it much more interesting than video games or television. Even though it was freezing cold and the rain was pouring down that day, nothing could stop Mike from heading out with his beloved metal-detector.

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His Favorite Spot

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Since Mike had owned his metal detector for so many years, he had used it in a wide variety of places. However, as we have mentioned, he never found anything life-changing. One day, he decided to head over to a spot that he had yet to investigate.

He could never put his finger on it, but that particular spot had been calling his name for quite some time. He managed to find a few coins while in the field, but that wasn’t enough for him. Mike felt as though there was something more valuable that was eluding him.

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Not Looking Too Good

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However, as Mike arrived at the spot, he noticed that the land had become waterlogged from the heavy rains that had just fallen. Even though he knew that it would be extremely tough to find anything in those conditions, he persevered and set off with his metal detector.

However, he decided to start searching in a neighboring field first. He swung his metal detector from side to side, trying his best to stay optimistic. It wasn’t long before he heard the familiar beep, indicating that there was indeed something hidden beneath the surface.

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Looking for the Source

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Mike was a very experienced metal-detectorist, meaning that he knew exactly what he needed to do when something was found. He continued searching in the same spot, trying to find the exact location of the metal object setting off his machine.

However, this was when something strange started to happen. The signal of the machine would usually begin to grow weaker as he moved away from the source – however, in this case, the signal grew even stronger as he searched the surrounding area.

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Pulling It to the Surface

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Luckily, Mike came prepared – he had everything that he could possibly need to dig up a large object. Using a small shovel, Mike started to dig in the area that had set off his metal detector. Suddenly, the enthusiast saw something that resembled a brooch.

He continued to dig around the item and pulled it to the surface: he discovered a red and green brooch buried about eight inches below the surface of the field. However, the large chain attached to the object was what really caught his attention.

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Trying to Find the Other End

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Mike tried with all of his might to pull the chain from the ground, but it simply would not budge. The chain was incredibly rusty and heavy – he soon realized that there would be no way for him to remove it with his bare hands.

With this in mind, Mike continued to dig in order to determine whether or not the treasure was worth calling for backup. After a few hours, he soon realized that time had slipped away from him and, seeing as though he had not brought a flashlight, Mike was forced to return home for the night.

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What Could It Be?

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Even though Mike had given up for the night, he could not help but think about his buried treasure. The object looked as though it was just an ordinary old chain, but he knew that it was something special. Mike was so worried that somebody else would spot his hole and continue his dig, claiming the reward as their own.

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Asking for Help

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Mike had thought of so many possibilities as to what was on the other end of that chain. However, even though he thought that it might be something dangerous, he headed back to the field as soon as the morning broke. He wanted to uncover the truth by himself, but he also knew that he would not be able to move the chain without assistance. For this reason, Mike contacted the authorities.

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Convincing the Experts

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Mike had asked for assistance, but nobody believed that he had found anything important. Archaeologists claimed that they had never found anything with value in that area and that they would need proof before opening an investigation.

Once Mike told them about the brooch and chain, they headed out to see the object for themselves. Upon closely investigating the area, the team decided that he might just be on to something.

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Proving His Story

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As Mike waited for the team to arrive, he continued to dig around the chain, quickly realizing that it was part of something much bigger. He had to be extremely careful in order to avoid damaging or breaking the rusty chain – for this reason, Mike could not tug or pull on it. However, he discovered that the metal was attached to some sort of harness.

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Digging Deeper

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Even though Mike discovered the chain in February of 2018, the experts did not arrive on the scene until a few months later. They continued to dig around the object, searching for any other clues as to what it could possibly be. After ten inches of digging, they finally found their first clue: two iron wheels. This led the archaeologist to believe that the hidden object was some sort of chariot.

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Assembling the Pieces

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As soon as the team found all of the pieces that they could, they began assembling the object. They discovered that the brooch was actually a part of a harness. More so, they found a rein guide, a harness fitting, strap unions and a horse bridle. The team felt confident that Mike had discovered a Celtic chariot, complete with all of its trimmings.

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Painting the Scene

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The team believed that the object dated back to around 25 to 75 CE. They also determined that the metal would have been painted red previously – the green tinge of the object was only due to the chemicals in the soil reacting with the iron. The chariot was thought to have belonged to somebody of importance, such as the chief of a local tribe.

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Changing Lives

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The Iron Age ended around the start of the Common Era, seeing Britain move into the Bronze Age. However, people suddenly had to find ways to use iron in their everyday lives, as the material was so widely available. It is believed that the population of Britain rose above one million for the first time ever during this period. People could also farm more efficiently as they had access to new, iron machinery.

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The End

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This new way of farming allowed people to harvest crops in heavy soil – this would have been impossible before. The age ended when the Roman Empire came into power across the nation. England and Wales were run by this empire, while Scotland and Ireland battled for their independence. Plenty of iron artifacts from this time can still be found scattered around England and its surrounding countries.

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Flaunting Their Power

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Chariots are a very rare find for archeologists. However, they were an important part of life for the rich and famous back in the day. Horses used to be the main form of transport, meaning that chariots were luxury possessions. When these important people passed away, they were buried with all of their assets, including their iron chariots.

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Lost

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The wheels of the chariot were made out of wood, meaning that they would have decayed after being buried for so long. If it were not for the iron body of the artifact, people would not know about the piece of history that took place in that field.

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The Return

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A few months after the find, archaeologists returned to the site in order to try and find a few more clues. They even kept the location a secret so that nobody could interfere with their investigation. Grouped with a few students, the team did not have to look very far before coming across even more historical relics.

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Another Find

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The returning team found an iron sword in close proximity to the buried chariot. They believe that the sword belonged to the same important person that passed away and was buried with the other objects. Mike claimed that he had heard about tons of chariot burials, but he never believed that he would be lucky enough to actually discover one.

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Defending the Land

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The archaeologists also discovered a circular ditch around the chariot. This ditch even had an entrance, leading the scientists to believe that the burial of the chariot was part of something bigger. Experts from the museum think that the chariot could have been used to defend the land from the Roman empire, which would explain the sword found in close proximity.

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Expanding Their Story

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A curator from the National Wales University claimed that this find was way more important than people believe. Not only was the chariot the first of its kind to be found in Wales, but it was also the first in southern Britain.

This curator, named Adam Gwilt, thinks that the chariot belonged to a very important man or woman in the community. The chariot was found quite some distance away from other finds, leading experts to believe that the tribe to which it belonged had a large presence in the country. 

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Sticking to the Law

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The only issue that remained was deciding who got to keep the historical artifacts. Even though Mike was the one to discover the objects, they did have significant historical value, meaning that they would be better suited in a museum or gallery. The excavation site is now legally protected – this means that nobody can interfere with the artifacts or land. Mike was also forced to sell all of the items found to the museum.

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Sharing the Money

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The most recent dig was funded by the National Museum of Wales. Any artifacts that are found go directly to this museum, meaning that you have the opportunity to see part of Mike’s discovery for yourself. With this being said, the chariot and sword were both sent to the St. Fagans National Museum of History for further inspection.

Mike could earn up to one million euros for his find, making his day in the rain more than worth it. However, due to the fact that he found the chariot on a farm, he has to split his money with the property owner. Regardless, Mike is more than happy with how things have turned out.

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