ANCIENT treasures with hidden stories to tell appear in a new book published by the York Archaeological Trust.

The book, Treasures Of York, features more than 150 of the most interesting artefacts unearthed by the trust since it began work in 1972.

The objects range in date from prehistoric to Victorian, including the world-famous Coppergate helmet, Roman pottery shaped into gaming pieces, wooden bowls made by the Vikings, squirrel and beaver bones used for skinning, and even a medieval bowling ball.

The book was written by trust staff Christine Kyriacou, Frances Mee and Nicola Rogers, and is described by Mick Aston, from the TV series Time Team, as "the best book I have seen on the objects found by archaeologists in an important early city".

Hardback, and with 228 colour images, Treasures Of York is available from bookshops, priced £19.95.

A special £2 discount is available if bought before Saturday at the Archaeological Resource Centre, Barley Hall or the Jorvik Centre.

Updated: 13:02 Thursday, November 11, 2004