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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An example of the card I carry at all times

Apart from my other afflictions not many people know that I also suffer from Ataxia, or even know what it is. I carry the card of explanation with me at all times. And that’s why I gave up metal detecting. I often appear drunk to other people. You can check out the condition in more detail by clicking on the name.

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The Real McCoy

28th May 2018 — 11 Comments

Harry McCoy – Click to Enlarge

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Archaeologist of Note

25th May 2018 — 11 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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