Guest Post: Metal Detecting Research

Metal Detecting ResearchWe all know that researching our finds is an important part of the metal detecting process. How many of us have felt we have no real interest in something – that is until we actually come across an example of it. A few years back, for example, I found a lovely medieval spoon and for ages afterwards I was looking up a whole range of information to get a better idea of what I had found – and it hasn’t stopped there of course, far from it!

There are a few events from the past, in particular, that stick in my mind, as they have been the result of similar research. Returning the dog tag to an American family from one of their close relatives was without doubt one of the most emotional moments – for all parties concerned. Another occurred after I located a small stainless steel penknife that had belonged to one of the crew of a German bomber I was excavating. It was manufactured by a company that guaranteed it ‘Rostfrei’ (Rust Free) and when I made contact with the company their director, with typical German efficiency, finally asked, “Is our product still rust free?” Read more of this post

Guest Post: Metal Detecting Birds

In relation to, and connected to, my recent blog about animals digging, there is something else worth considering, in terms of the opportunities for making detecting discoveries. This factor is migratory bird stopping spots – or, in fact, any large gathering of birds that you see time and time again at the same place in a field. Read more of this post

Guest Post: Roman Brooches – Pure Delight

One of the most awe-inspiring finds that I like to make on Roman sites are brooches. I don’t think a metal detectorist ever forgets their first Roman brooch. Most are just plain with slight decoration on them perhaps just an incised line or moulded bump. Some however are amazing with bright enamels and tinning as if made a few days ago.

Fibula Brooch Read more of this post