TREASURE hunters Andy Green and Shaun Scott plan to put thousands of pounds they received from the auction of a 2,000-year-old gold torque into lessons and archeological trips for school children.
The duo – who unearthed a hoard of ancient treasure from a secret location in North Yorkshire last year – want to use part of the £22,500 from the auction in London to fund school trips and special talks at schools in deprived areas.
Mr Green – who works at Asda in Castleford – said: “All the cash is coming from the project and it will pay to send children off and teach them about the archaeological world.
“We want to give the schools that have faced cut backs or can’t afford to take their pupils to the see the amazing historical sights we have in this country.”
Pupils at Half Acres J&I School in Castleford have already benefited from the cash after Mr Green arranged for archaeologist Simon Thomson to give on a talk on Hadrian’s Wall, which the year four pupils visited last week.
Mr Green said they are also organising trips for nine to 11-year-old pupils from Micklefield School next year.
He added: “It’s a worthy cause and important that we get to teach the pupils when they are very young to give them an opportunity that might change their lives.
“It’s not charity, it is just something that should be done.”
Email Mr Green at andy email@example.com for more information.