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Thomas Lucking writes, “There is a memorable line spoken by Lance (played by Toby Jones) in the very well written Detectorists television series by Mackenzie Crook, and one with which many in the hobby would agree: “Saxon hoard. It’s basically the Holy Grail of treasure hunting !” Young Tom has found what he considers to be his ‘Holy Grail’ and tells his story.

In the second part, Dr. Helen Geake, Finds Adviser (Post-Roman Artefacts) to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, tells us what was found, and the role she played in the excavation.

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The Medieval Purse Bar

23 February 2015 — 15 Comments

FindsPouchA recent survey I read, probably in one of Mrs John’s magazines, was that more than 50% of men carry a ‘man bag’. Already I can hear the ‘macho’ detectorists sneering. And I’d be joining you. What’s wrong with having lots of pockets and occasionally asking your partner to put stuff in her handbag? That’s what I do. Anyway, I challenge you to turn up at the next detecting dig carrying a handbag like to one carried by David Beckham. I’d be the first in offering to buy you a Babycham! Whoops. Showing my age now!

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Detectorists often wonder about the provenance of what they find and the question, how on earth did it get there? is never far from their minds.

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Each year on February 14th many people exchange cards, gifts or flowers with their special ‘valentine.’ First, I celebrate the day with the resurrection of an earlier post and then follow with some new information and a request to help a fellow detectorist with a ‘Cold Case’ … and finally  a peck on the cheek for Mrs. John!

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I was caught out in a pub quiz by not remembering the edge inscription on a £2 coin. I blame age for my memory loss, but I am sure that you know it is standing on the shoulders of giants. These words were plucked from a letter written by Isaac Newton to a fellow scientist, acknowledging the debt he owed to others.

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Another Load of Crap!

6 February 2015 — 9 Comments
Seal

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Alongside buttons and spindle whorls, the ubiquitous lead seal probably features amongst the commoner artefacts found by detectorists searching farmland. Did you know that some of them date from the 15th century?

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I know. I know. Two months into the New Year, but it isn’t too late for a few predictions, observations and irreverent comment. So what could happen in the detecting world this year – but probably won’t!

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