BNirdsJohn Hinchcliffe has been detecting in the East Knoyle area of Wiltshire for over ten years. Whilst searching in a local field recently he found something quite unusual and unexpected, a small artefact dating back to the pioneering days of bird ringing. 

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the-guardian-oIn my younger days I used to read The Guardian newspaper, fondly known as The Grauniad, because of its propensity for making spelling mistakes. Another thing that attracted me was the clever headlines, usually of the punning or alliterative variety, which I tried to emulate in my own scribblings, and still do. They were usually wittier than those beloved by the tabloids. Now you know who to blame!

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A Cheeky Token

16 August 2016 — 6 Comments

Untitled copyBruce Campbell (aka 2ndoldman) of the Canadian MDF is a very prolific and successful detectorist. But, coming from across the Pond, I suspect he might call himself a ‘treasure hunter’.

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My main story in September’s Searcher magazine is about Nettie Edmundson who’s found gold every year for the past ten years. Today she was out searching on a field she has been detecting on many times and found a beautiful gold posey ring. I’m so pleased for her!

I reckon it is circa 18th century and the inscription reads MY HEART AND I UNTIL I DIE

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Victorian Coin Brooches

11 August 2016 — 13 Comments

I was sent a series of interesting pictures by Dave Walton of an item found on a club dig that I found most interesting and intriguing, although the finder was initially disappointed. So why was that? Simple. The detectorist thought that he had found gold!

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Lead … and more Lead

5 August 2016 — 6 Comments

lead_spotlight2Can you remember the very first time you went metal detecting and what you discovered? Did you recollect the excitement, dreams and anticipation of what you might find? Was it a coin, something special or just a load of dross? Whatever it was, from that moment on, were you hooked?

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I am often reminded – and feel just a little guilty – when chasing pigeons away from the bird feeders at the bottom of the garden, that some of their kind, almost a quarter of a million birds, probably played a vital part in both World Wars.

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I’m really not sure how to approach this particular blog without sounding as though I’m foolish, inept and rather clueless about the outside world. Regular readers will have have picked up on the fact that I’m not a great lover of Facebook … and that’s where my story begins …

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