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James Hyatt made the discovery while out with his father and grandfather in Hockley, Essex.


He had only been scanning the soil for a matter of minutes when it started beeping.


The trio, from Billericay, started digging and just eight inches deep, they saw a glint and found what they now know to be a 500-year-old gold pendant.


Dad Jason, 34, said: "James got a buzz after just five minutes. We saw a glint eight inches down and gently pulled the object out.


"Dad was blown away. He'd never found anything like it in 15 years doing his hobby.


"James was so excited to find treasure, though he's too young to realise its significance."


Experts believe the rare locket, or reliquary, dates back to the 1500s and was used to hold alleged parts of Christ's crown of thorns or crucifix.




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