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Incredible treasures people were forced to return

Love Exploring Logo By loveEXPLORING staff of Love Exploring | Slide 1 of 27: Finding hidden treasure can be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence that can bring glory, and often riches too. But sometimes finders isn't keepers. From the homeowners that found a treasure in the walls of their new home to the metal detectorists who hid a Viking hoard from the authorities, these treasure-hunters – or sometimes treasure thieves – didn't get to hold onto their finds for long. Read on to see some of the priceless treasures that their finders were forced to hand back.

Finders but not keepers

Finding hidden treasure can be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence that can bring glory, and often riches too. But sometimes finders isn't keepers. From the homeowners that found a treasure in the walls of their new home to the metal detectorists who hid a Viking hoard from the authorities, these treasure-hunters – or sometimes treasure thieves – didn't get to hold onto their finds for long. Read on to see some of the priceless treasures that their finders were forced to hand back.
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