There is a lovely story in the news about someone who found some buried treasure in their garden – it wasn’t a chest of gold ducats, or a Saxon hoard, or Roman armour, it was something a boy of fourteen had buried in 1981.
Paul Levallois buried a box with stamps, coins, bottles and a cassette. He wrote letters explaining his ‘hoard’ and I think showed real imagination in choosing his items to go in his treasure chest. Children often have this urge to connect with someone from somewhere else, somewhere else in a different location and in a different time.
I’m sure lots of us have put messages in bottles and thrown them into the sea, or hidden them in holes in tree trunks. I expect lots of us have dug up our garden in search of treasure! Especially after such inspiring programmes as ‘Time Team’, all across the country kids must have been digging holes in their gardens – I know my kids did!
This item only appeared today, and I know a search has been launched on social media, so it will be wonderful if or when young Paul, now much older Paul is found!
here is a link to the story with photos of Pau;l’s letters: