“Very Special Indeed” – Minelab And Their CTX3030

Something I guess that we are all used to these days is the hype and marketing thrown at us by companies trying to sell various products. In these modern times this has become completely normal for just about every new or re-vamped item that comes on to the market. Manufacturers are keen to use innovative advertising to attract our attention and focus it onto every new product that is launched. Just like a famous lager, many metal detectors are marketed as ‘probably’ the best at this and for doing that. However, what cannot be sold alongside the product are the persistent and always present variables involved in the ownership and usage of a metal detector.  Read more of this post

Metallic Objects In Building Material

Crotal Bell Packed with MortarHistory frequently records humans placing metal objects in building material as they are being constructed – a sort of ritual. Examples of this include several extremely rare Edward V111 pennies allegedly placed in the foundations of buildings that were constructed in 1936. Another example is several 17th Century Trade Tokens thought to have been found in building debris during demolition. I have two of my own examples of this, which have a varying degree of curiosity about them. Read more of this post

Minestrone of History

Detecting FindsThis is something of potential interest that I have been considering for some time now, and I’m sure it’s not the only case in existence. Yes, it is only a theory, but I can find no other plausible reason for such things. Read more of this post

A Shattered Spinner

Shattered SpinnerOn the dark and drizzly night of April 8th 1941 the dull throbbing of enemy aircraft could be heard high up in the skies over many areas of Eastern and Southern England. Their target for that night was to be Coventry and the Luftwaffe was using the X and Y Verfahren beams to guide their bombers, as well as the beam system known as Knickebein. The Germans had also developed an aerial unit known as KGr 100 who acted as Pathfinders. Read more of this post

Not For The Grot Box

GrotSome people would definitely call this coin a ‘Grot.’ Perhaps if it were Roman they would be correct although, having said that, calling any 2000-year-old coin a Grot may be a tad derogatory. However I digress and – to be clear – this coin isn’t a Roman issue anyway. It’s black in colour, which means the silver has oxidised. You can also see that it has been burned, which is not part of normal oxidisation. Read more of this post

When you are on a ‘run’

Metal Detectorist - Julian Evan-HartA ‘Run’ is what my colleagues and I would describe as one of those metal detecting days where you just keep finding. Sometimes others may do nearly as well as you but in my experience its usually just one of us that has a run at the one time. Sometimes it starts as soon as you arrive on site, with a good find happening almost immediately. This seems to spur you on and produce much positive thought, which in turn appears to attract further good finds. Read more of this post

Finding Treasure… Well… Sort Of!


Metal detecting has certainly taken me to some wonderful places, ranging from the flat fields of Cambridgeshire to the hot arid deserts of mid Jordan. What I did not expect on this journey was to find myself metal detecting in the attic of a huge house in Cockfosters. So, how did this happen…Well, a few days ago I had a phone call from a lady called Diana, whose husband John had hidden some valuables away when they went away on vacation. Months later she had asked him where these valuables were and so John went up into the attic to get them. The trouble was that he had put them in such a safe place that he couldn’t actually locate them at all.

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A Most Unusual Bell

An Unusual Bell

My good friend Steve unearthed this rather unusual bell the other day. The field he found it in was full of flints and so, naturally, the artifact had suffered a little, along with being slightly crushed. When you’re metal detecting you tend to come across a wide variety of bells. From tiny Roman temple ones, open cut out late Roman ones, Rumblers, Crotals, Clappers and sometimes large fragments of local bell casting alloys – there’s a huge range of potential finds. Read more of this post

A Rare Find Indeed

SundialRecently my detecting colleague and I acquired some new land. It was pasture land and I had to admit at the time that I’ve never been keen on metal detecting on pasture, despite the fact that finds are often in much better condition when pulled out of the earth here than when they’re discovered on arable land.  Read more of this post

Spurred on to Detect

SpurAfter all the rain, Steve and I decided to search a site that we hadn’t been to for a while. It was drier than most places and this influenced our decision. To be honest, I can’t say I was all that keen to go. The last time I was there, myself and a few others cleaned up what little we thought remained, which turned out to be nothing more than three bits of lead. However, after the recent weather it was good to get out, so I begrudgingly agreed to try again. Read more of this post