Vocabulary: Anglo-Saxon (adj+n), coin (n), lead (n), bucket (n), metal detecting (n), spokesman (n).

More than 5000 Anglo-Saxon coins have been discovered in a field in Aylesbury. Aylesbury is a small town in the south of England. The coins are from the 11th century and show the heads of King Ethelred the Unready and Canute. coins

The money was found in a lead bucket two foot (about 60cm) below the ground.

The coins were found by a Metal Detecting Club called the “Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club”. A spokesman for the club said that this was “without a doubt the best” thing they have ever found.

coins2The coins have been taken to the British Museum for examination.

Background Information:

The Anglo-Saxons lived in Great Britain from the year 450 AD to 1066. They came from Germany and Denmark.

King Ethelred the Unready, whose head is on the coins, was king between 1014-1016. King Canute, who is also on the coins, was king between 1016-1035.

Read more about the Anglo-Saxons here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ancient/anglo_saxons/