British 13-year-old metal detectorist finds bronze age axe hoard on just her third dig

A 13-year-old metal detectorist is scaring off veteran diggers after she found a "once in a lifetime" Bronze Age axe hoard on just her third dig. Milly Hardwick, who's in Year 8 at school, has left the competition envious of her "beginners luck" as she strikes gold almost every week. She's now become a poster girl for metal detecting despite being some four decades younger than the typical detectorist. Mum Claire, 48, said: "On a couple of digs people have gone 'oh God, she's here now so we might as well go home!'" Milly, from Mildenhall, Suffolk, made an astounding discovery of an axe hoard dating back to 1300 BC on just her third time out in a field near Royston, Herts. Archaeologists had to excavate the find - made up of 65 pieces - and Amelia took Monday off school to formally sign it over to the local coroner.

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