The caltrop is an ancient, weird, and wicked little weapon. When thrown on the ground this multi-pointed metal star will always have at least one spike sticking upwards. This weapon is a nasty piece of work. History tells us the Romans used caltrops to permanently remove chariots from the battlefield. This is what I’m talking about:


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In June, I published the following: 

I would very much like to locate David and Orla. This blog post is being published simultaneously with an article in the August UK Searcher magazine and also on social media. Here are the details as supplied to me by the finder, French detectorist Sébastien Potet.

You can see the original post by clicking HERE

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I want to see if a change in servers has made an appreciable difference to the working and speed of my site. This test is something you may have seen before …

I enjoy looking at old magazines. In a copy of a publication devoted to metal detecting and published 25 years ago, the following report attracted my attention.

The title of the short item was The World’s First Detector? The author’s name is unknown. He (or she) told how the old, faded and partly insect-eaten illustration had come into their possession. The friend who had given it had guessed that it would ‘intrigue me’, the writer said. Here’s the picture:

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Dr Scholl’s Foot Eazer

17 October 2016 — 12 Comments

logo copyI think I’m losing it! I wrote an article about Dr Scholl’s intriguing invention in 2009. Indeed, I have the evidence. I’m also sure that I used that same article for a blog post done much later. But, can I find it? NO!

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Trench Art is commonly defined as any decorative item made by soldiers or prisoners of war, where the manufacture is directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences. The most common example found by the detectorist is a decorated shell or bullet casing from the First World War. The term is also used to describe souvenirs made by soldiers during WW2, but is much more uncommon.

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David Murray

Detectorist David Murray – all pictures on this blog post © John Winter

Although this article has been published before I present it again (the original was lost). It will be new to many of my subscribers.

Much Hadham dates back to Saxon Times and is one of Hertfordshire’s oldest and most picturesque villages. So, there’s a lot of history in the area as you might expect. The Domesday Book tells us that Hadham Palace, now a farmhouse, was the country home of the bishops of London for 800 years; it was once the centre of a Roman pottery industry and Edmund Tudor, who was born in the village, was the father to the first Tudor king, Henry VII.

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A fine blend of Pinot and Chenin Blanc – © JW

I have a confession to make. I was planning to write this blog post yesterday, but was waylaid by a bottle of Pinot Groggio at lunch and the siren call of the sofa drowned any thought of work. Later, I attempted to take a picture, which didn’t quite turn out as expected … wonder why?

It was in March 2016 that I first discussed wine. This current effort can be seen as a sequel!

I often try to make my posts interesting and related to metal detecting in some way. Not sure whether I have succeeded this time, so I’ll leave you to decide. I must admit that this present attempt is rather tenuous, to say the least.

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Cnut and Boadicea

27 September 2016 — 16 Comments

cnutOnce upon a time there was an English king known as Cnut. I vaguely remember my history teacher referring to Canute in his long, rambling and boring lessons, but I don’t remember much about him; wasn’t he the king who turned back the tide? In retrospect I suppose teachers changed the name because of naughty schoolboys like myself … or was Canute simply the Anglicised form of his name?

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