Julian-Evan Hart sums up 2012 and looks forward to 2013… (part 1)

Julian Evan-Hart shows off his first novel

Well what a twelve-month stretch 2012 was – although perhaps not one of the best for detecting due to the large amounts of unsuitable weather we all experienced in the early and latter parts of this year.

However, obviously we as detectorists were not put off by such events, as some delightful and important finds were made… not just the national treasures that made the headlines, but hundreds of thousands of smaller finds, that without metal detecting would never have been found, recorded, conserved and made available to increase academic and general public interest.

Great Finds

Personally speaking some of my close friends found some really good items, Jason found an unrecorded silver penny of King Alfred, Mark found his first ever Roman silver – a Tiberius “Tribute Penny”. For me it was not a bad year all told, I found a few hundred Roman coins, a lovely seal matrix with a squirrel on it (the legend translated as “I Crack Nuts”), rather obvious that one…. and as these things were mass produced giving the seal owner not really much on the scale of individuality. I then went on to find a really nice Heraldic Pendant and a groat of Mary Queen of Scots.

The Three Tiles

The year 2012 also saw new friendships related to metal detecting really develop and flourish… Mark and Luke, Dan “Slow and Low” and Philthy Phil amongst these. Several of these individuals being instrumental in making one of my dreams come true – the publishing of my first ever novel entitled The Three Tiles. The novel is about the discovery of Britain’s biggest ever treasure and all the timelines and associations related to it. I can say that novel number two is already in an advanced state of preparation so watch this space!

2012 will also be a most memorable year fro me in respect of a single but massively hobby-benefiting product, the Minelab CTX3030 which I had the privilege of testing and making assessments of pre-production. In my opinion, it’s a truly astounding metal detector that surely leads the way for our noble (no pun intended!) hobby – assuming Internet and users comments are anything to go by. I attended the Minelab CTX3030 day organised by Joan Allen in the middle of the year where Gordon Heritage gave several displays on the stunning abilities of this new detector, a true revelation from an expert in his field. It was here that I also met Steve Brooker of “Mud Men” fame, a seriously dedicated, professional individual who enthralled all with his accounts of Thames foreshore discoveries. I can now see that 2012 was a year packed full of detecting orientated things (despite the weather!)

Next week I’ll be discussing what I’m looking forward to most about 2013!

About Julian Evan-Hart
Julian is from Hertfordshire, England and has always been interested in fossils and antiquities. Julian has written a number of books on metal detecting, and is an avid user of Minelab products.

One Response to Julian-Evan Hart sums up 2012 and looks forward to 2013… (part 1)

  1. philthephilthy says:

    It has indeed been an incredible year Jules but despite the awful weather this year (and there’s been plenty of that!) there have been some wonderful finds from the detecting community which thanks to Joan Allen’s forward thinking we’ve all been able to see & share on their Facebook page and this blog!

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