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What treasure is buried beneath farmland?


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  • Farmland sometimes hides treasure — literally.

• 2013: Producer Bruce Lilienthal hit the jackpot when he found a large, unusual rock on his Minnesota farmland. He dragged the beast to his driveway and forgot about it. His wife suspected it was a meteorite and after testing, she was proven right — the rock was an asteroid chunk. No word on whether Lilienthal sold the rock, but it should bring a hefty sum. In 2012, a 10.5-ounce Martian meteorite sold for $10.5 million. Lilienthal’s is 33 pounds, 16 inches long and 2 inches wide.

For more, see Meteorite find a golden harvest for farmer

• 2013: When Ifor Edwards, a Welsh farmer, lost his keys in his fields, he called on Cliff Massey, Wrexham Heritage Society, and his metal detector. Massey found the keys — and 14 coins from the 14th and 15th centuries. The coins were expected to bring approximately $750 each — split between Edwards and Massey. “You just can’t believe you’re holding something that is 600 and something years old,” said Edwards. “We only bought the land three years ago and nothing like this has ever been found before.”

It’s only a waiting game, more farmland secrets will be coughed up in 2014 ……

For more, see Farmland holds buried secrets of Indian history or Harvest of iron still haunts farmers


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