The news today ( June 25th 2018 ) that a war-time British chaplain nicknamed ‘Woodbine Willie’ gave troops ‘one final gasper’ to sick and dying soldiers on the frontline grasped my attention. And reminded me of my childhood.

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Pipe-Clay Wig Curler from about 1750. W.B. and two dots at one end.

Not all finds recorded by detectorists are metallic. Ace detectorist Gordon Heritage made the ‘exciting’ wig curler discovery ‘eyes only’ in Olney, Buckinghamshire.

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Gary and Les

24th June 2018 — 15 Comments

It was rather hot this afternoon and, having a disinclination for physical exertion (boasting again) I lounged at the patio table reading Tony Robinson’s autobiography. I always had zero discrimination.

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Replica flint spear attributed to Flint Jack. CC Licence

I’ve been blogging since 2010, but many of my earlier posts have been lost. However, I am sometimes able to resurrect a post from that era. This is one – with additions – originally posted in November of 2011.

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The Searcher detecting magazine’s Nation’s Greatest Finds Competition, first conceived to by the Editor in 2005, has become an annual highlight of the detecting year. This competition doesn’t just include Treasure items – the significance of the find is just as important. In the beginning the criteria was that all finds should have been recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme and nominated by Finds’ Advisors or FLO’s, and this is still the case. But there have been subtle changes.

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