This post is mainly about Sharon, Derek, Fred, Alistair, and a supporting cast of hundreds. The saga really starts in the summer of 2014 when Derek found a Viking hoard in Dumfries and Galloway. Click on the links below to see a couple of articles he wrote at the time:

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Alex’s Guest Post

5 February 2016 — 9 Comments

DSAlex Eaton, an ex-bar and restaurant manager, is a member of the Detecting Scotland forum and has been detecting for about four years. He started with an ACE 250, dallied briefly with a DFX, but now swings a CTX 3030. He is presently taking a computer programming course and hopes to create his own detector one day.

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A Metal Detecting Medley

1 February 2016 — 11 Comments

DickMost of my regular readers will know that Dick Stout and his wife Fay lost their home in a devastating tornado that laid bare most of the town of Rowlett in Texas. It was the day after Christmas 2015. Just a couple of days before Mrs John and I had talked to them on Skype and had explained the meaning of Boxing Day, our day after Christmas. The term has taken on a totally different meaning for Dick and Fay, one they will never forget.

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Detectorist Simon Hall continues to find unusual and interesting items. On a dig using his Minelab CTX 3030 he found three hammered coins including his first Berwick penny. An exultant Simon exclaimed, “This machine just loves silver!”

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Detectorists will give many explanations for what attracts them to our great hobby – the excitement of digging up the unknown and the story behind the find are just two of the reasons. How did that silver love token find its way into the middle of the field and remained hidden for over 300 years? What were the circumstances?

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A Badge of Bondage

16 January 2016 — 22 Comments

Many of my regular readers will know that I prefer to write about detector finds that have a tangible history, something real to my readers, something clear and definite. Roman coins, in fact coins of any era, palstave axes and the like are interesting enough, but not quite the same as some of the finds unearthed by detectorists.

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Crispy Metal Monsters

12 January 2016 — 19 Comments

WalkerslogoA comment on my last blog by ace detectorist Randy Dee challenged me to ‘concoct’ a story based around a packet of Walkers Crisps – potato chips in American English. No problem. I’ve tried my best to make this post interesting, entertaining and having some relevance to the hobby of metal detecting. I’ll let you decide whether I’ve succeeded.

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