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TREASURE Metal detectorists have been responsible for plenty of very special finds – no more so than the discovery of a prehistoric gold cup in Ringlemere, near Sandwich – one of only two in Britain.
Of a more grisly nature, Deadman’s Island off Sheppey has the remains of hundreds of bodies of those believed to have died on prison ships and subsequently dumped there in the 19th century.
BOATS In 1992, as work took place on building the A20 link road between Folkestone and Dover, workers stumbled across the remains of a large and well-preserved prehistoric boat.
Take a stroll along the coastline at Margate, towards Nayland Rock, and beachcombers have recovered a host of items from the near and distant past – most notably, perhaps, pipes dropped by sailors over the century, some of which have been remarkably well-preserved.
Continue heading around the coast and Sandwich has even seen human bones washed up in recent months – thought to be from the many sailors who lost their lives on the Goodwin Sands just off the town’s coast.