photoTwenty years ago detectorist John Brassey put pen to paper (literally, I suspect) and wrote a hobby magazine article advising readers on how to write a ‘detecting story’ suitable for possible publication.

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Shucking Gloves

30 August 2014 — 3 Comments

A Russian official recently referred to Great Britain as ‘a small island to which no-one pays any attention’. Prime Minister David Cameron responded by challenging anyone to name a country with a ‘prouder history’… etcetera.

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The Lads looked at each other in disbelief and collectively wondered if what they had uncovered was Viking silver. They didn’t know at this stage what they had found …

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Mills Grenade Base Plug

25 August 2014 — 4 Comments

THE BLOG ON THE MILLS GRENADE BASE PLUG WAS ORIGINALLY POSTED IN JANUARY 2013 AND HAS BEEN UPDATED WITH EXTRA INFORMATION

Despite the recent heavy snowfalls David Drummond, aka Joe98, of the Detecting Scotland MDF managed to go detecting with friends on several occasions, sometimes searching in four inches of the white stuff.

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I have been trying to retrieve some of my more popular posts from the last three years, but it hasn’t been easy. Even with the help of web.archive.org I have only been successful – I estimate – in about 40% of the cases. I apologise to long-term subscribers who may have seen them before, but it does mean that in many cases I have been able to update with new material. This will be new for some people.

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Skeet or Shat?

18 August 2014 — 11 Comments

Most seasoned UK detectorists know that Sceattas [singular 'sceat'] were small, thick silver coins minted in England the 7th and 8th centuries. Here’s a typical example – for the purposes of this short blog post it’s enough to say that Eadberht who died in 768, was king of Northumbria from 737 or 738 to 758. If you wish to see detailed information on sceattas, please click HERE.

Eadberht of Northumbria

Eadberht of Northumbria – Courtesy of PAS – CC BY-SA licence

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Stonehenge Virgins

14 August 2014 — 13 Comments

Mrs John and I were stuck in a traffic jam on the A303 and about five miles from our ultimate goal, one of the great wonders of the world. In those sixty minutes or so it took us to reach our destination, I had already completed (in my head, at least) four super magazine articles, umpteen clever phrases made up from car number plates and feverishly tried to work out a devious scheme in which I could relieve myself without attracting the attention of others. The latter soon became my top priority! I desperately needed a pee! So, how come my wife and I found ourselves in this predicament on one of the hottest days of the year, sans air conditioning and with an irritability factor almost reaching maximum?

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I’ve been taking another look at those fascinating tokens found by detectorists and recorded on the UKDFD. Look at the example below – what a lot information in so cramped a space! It was described on the database thus:

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