February’s Best Finds

February has been a fantastic month of finds, so in keeping with last month, here is our round up of the best metal detecting finds from our community. If yours doesn’t feature this time round, fear not! Make sure you keep uploading your top finds to our Facebook and Twitter pages and you may feature in next month’s edition…

Minelab Find

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On This Day In History… 20th February

20th February may appear to be a day just like any other, but in fact it has marked some fairly momentous events, births and deaths over the years. Of which, we’ve noted a few below for posterity, if you think we’ve missed any out then let us know in the comments!

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January’s Best Finds…

2015 has started with a bang with a fantastic range of finds posted on our social media pages. If your best find hasn’t featured this month, fear not! Be sure to upload your best finds from February to our Facebook and Twitter pages for your chance to feature in next month’s edition…

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Did Coinage Totally Cease When Rome Departed These Shores?

Bronze IssueThe answer to this particular question has been a pet interest of mine for some time. Local copies of coins were made in several stages during the Roman occupation of this island. However, it was what the ‘locals’ did after the Roman administration left that I often wonder about. Historically, trade and just about everything else slowly collapsed when the Romans left. Or was it rather that Roman trade and everything Roman collapsed? Some sort of stability must have survived. No doubt some sections of society quickly adopted the somewhat slacker old ways again, including systems like bartering, rather than continuing to use coins. Read more of this post

2014 – A Look Back

Well, here we are in 2015 and 2014 was quite a year with, once again, a few choice finds that kept me ticking over. Although it must be said, for the 36th year now, the Celtic Torque and large hoard of Roman Aureii that I have been searching for have once again evaded me.
However, that’s ok as it’s the smaller things I often derive the greatest pleasure from. So whilst I’m sure that the Torques etc lie in wait, for the time being it is these smaller items that make me ask questions I enjoy so much such as, “why is that Heraldic Pendant pierced” or “how did a Dutch coin get way out in a rural Cambridgeshire field?” Often the answers cannot ever be established but it’s the guessing and consideration of possibilities that make this great hobby so fascinating. Read more of this post

If You Just Don’t Have That Feeling About A Site….Don’t Give Up!

Coins in HandAs metal detectorists, we all sometimes have that special feeling about a specific area of a field or a whole site. Many referred to it as ‘the X Factor’ long before that cheesy talent show arrived on our screens. To give you an example of this, five years ago I was trawling Google Earth and using the time shift clock icon on a large estate that I have permission to search on. For those who don’t know, the time shift icon is a little yellow clock at the top of the page; click on this and Google Earth will show you a slide bar – if previous photos of your site have been taken then you can use the slide bar to go back in time and have a look. It is particularly useful for viewing different sites from the perspective of different positions of the sun and also with a range of different crops. Read more of this post

On This day In History… 28th November

November 28th may sound innocuous at first, but over the course of history it has, like any other day, accumulated its fair share of notable events. Here are a few such events as well as births and deaths that we thought merited a mention.

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“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