Archaeologist of Note

25th May 2018 — 5 Comments

It may have escaped your attention, but the Chinese archaeologist Zhao Kangmin died on 16 May at the age of 81. Who was he, and why do I mention his demise?

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The Spitfire Penny

23rd May 2018 — 15 Comments

Spitfire. Wikipedia CC Licence

The Spitfire was probably the most famous fighter aircraft of all time, reigning supreme and unsurpassed from the biplane era to the dawn of the jet age, a period that included the Second World War. 

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What follows are some of the terms often used by detectorists and accompanied by a brief definition. Be aware that the compilation of such a glossary is very subjective and not definitive. It may be viewed as ‘a work in progress’. There are bound to be omissions you think should be included and maybe changes to be made. If so, please let me know.

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I’ve Found Gold!

12th May 2018 — 25 Comments

No, NOT the stater!

Must tell you about this. Yesterday I found gold … and enjoyed eating it!

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You’ve just unearthed a Roman coin and you’re ecstatic. You don’t know exactly what it is but soon find out from your local FLO, the UKDFD or learned friends that ‘the little cracker’ is silver and called a denarius. You now know that the guy depicted on the obverse is Nero, but who is that on the reverse and how much do you know about Nero?

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Detectorist Del Dorman has a rare form of lymphoma and daughter Anna had a plan to cheer him up. Wouldn’t it be great if one of his many visits to hospital, he happened to pick up a Searcher magazine and realise that he was featured in one of the articles. A scheme was devised.

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Talking Bloggocks

22nd April 2018 — 28 Comments

IN DECEMBER 2010, I WROTE …

“This is my first rather hesitant foray into the blogosphere and I’m not sure what I am doing here. . . at this stage I am not absolutely sure what …  the content will be … is blogging simply an exercise in self-congratulation or something much more than that? Will anybody be interested in what I write? Only time will tell …”

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I’m considered to be some kind of expert in the field of detecting, but that is far from the truth. I receive at least two queries a week asking if I can identify an item. I sometimes can, but usually resort to asking a friend who actually knows what they are talking about.

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Message from the UKDFD

15th April 2018 — 2 Comments

Recent Changes to the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database

“Following comments received from members, we have altered the ‘Record View’ on the mobile version of our website. The view on a smartphone is now closer to that on our desktop website. It shows a gallery of thumbnails, each of which can be touched to display a complete high-resolution image. Below each high-resolution image there is a set of navigation buttons for moving backwards and forwards through the gallery or displaying them as a slide-show. Alternatively, the individual images can be swiped to move backwards or forwards through the gallery. The map view can be selected via the button below the thumbnail gallery, and can be enlarged to full-screen size via the ‘expand’ icon on the right-hand side.”

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