Introducing the Minelab GPZ 7000

Looking for gold has never been easier, thanks to the new Minelab GPZ 7000 Gold Detector and its revolutionary technology. This extraordinary machine can detect tiny nuggets buried deep underground – up to 40% deeper than its deep-seeking predecessor, the Minelab GPX 5000.

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Introducing the Minelab SDC 2300 Gold Detector

Minelab SDC 2300The Minelab SDC 2300 Gold Detector is one of the newest products to be added to the Joan Allen website. For anyone looking for a detector that is very versatile and easy to use this is a great option as it is conveniently compact and efficient piece of kit for carrying with you no matter where you’re planning your search area. Dimensions of 8 ½ ” (216mm) by 16” (406mm) mean that the Minelab SDC 2300 Gold Detector folds to a small and portable size that makes it very transportable. When folded it will easily fit into most backpacks and is also the right size for carry on luggage if you’re heading further afield for a spot of detecting. Read more of this post

John Parker – Minelab CTX 3030 Winner

Minelab CTX 3030 WinnerI could not believe my luck when I received the phone call announcing that I was the winner of the CTX 3030! It was like a dream come true. I’ve always fancied having one and having read several reviews about it, I never imagined for one moment that I would own one, one day. I am still buzzing with joy. Read more of this post

Guest Post: Axe head found with the Minelab Safari

Axe HeadI just love metal detecting based mysteries and recently came across a fascinating one. My friend Steve recovered an axe-head from just over two feet down in a layer of hard pack gravel. He was using his Minelab Safari metal detector and, when I saw him recover this artifact, I was astounded at the depth from which it had come. All I can say is that the conditions that day must have been optimum, either that or there are some non-ferrous impurities in the axe head. Read more of this post

Guest Post: I Just Know There’s Something in that Field – Part 1

Fragments Found whilst Detecting An account of Julian Evan-Hart’s determination to prove the existence of a Roman burial site.

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Minelab Pro-Swing 45 Harness Competition

Minelab Pro-Swing 45 Harness Competition

Joan Allen are offering you the chance to win a Minelab Pro-Swing 45 Harness worth £110! To be in with a chance to win, all you need to do is like the status on Facebook that is pinned to the top of our wall and you are automatically entered into the competition – that’s it. Don’t forget to share it with your friends to make sure they have a chance to win too. Good luck! Read more of this post

My Favourite Metal Detecting Accessory…

Earlier this month we asked our Facebook community what was their favourite metal detecting accessory. Some of the answers we so good – we thought we’d blog about it. So here are our favourites… Read more of this post

February’s Best Finds…

February 2013 has drawn to a close, and as such we’re looking back on the best metal detecting finds from the Joan Allen community. Our followers and fans keep sharing their finds on Facebook and on Twitter – and we keep sharing them on our blog! Make sure your sharing yours too and you could feature in March’s review!

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Neil Jones – In Search of Stycas

The field before detecting begunI heard from a friend that our Styca field was available to detect – this field is the hardest field we have in terms of searching, I’m not exaggerating when I say we swing the coil at 6-8 seconds a sweep with the sensitivity and gain up full plus all metal. The field is very highly mineralised and full of iron and it really is the only way to winkle these tiny Saxon coins out.

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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. Read more of this post