In February 2010 a lady metal detectorist found an extremely rare British gold coin near Caister, Lincolnshire, called a ‘Tring Wheel’. The first known specimen, a gold quarter stater minted in the mid first century BC, around the time Julius Caesar raided Britain, was discovered near Tring in Hertfordshire. Hence the name.

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Warning – resurrectionist post – I needed to let off steam in April 2013. So what poked my particular goat with a sharp stick and enraged it so? Something had to be done …

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If you need a reminder, Derek McLennan was the finder of the Scottish Viking Hoard that has dominated the local, national and foreign media this week.

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Ray’s Parker Token

13 October 2014 — 7 Comments

Recently I received an email from my Aussie friend Ray Swinnerton, containing a copy of The Fossicker, the newsletter of the Geelong Prospecting club, also in Australia.

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Whorl2The blog about Sarah the Spinner and the ubiquitous spindle whorl proved to be very popular. Books on the subject are few if non-existent. Rather like some detectorists, archaeologists don’t seem particularly interested either. Yet, I find them fascinating!

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What follows is the resurrection of a blog originally made in 2011, and then lost. Part 2 will be published later.

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In the last couple of weeks I have been banned from a metal detecting forum, received an email that said, “there is something about you that I don’t like “, told that my writing is “crap”, and seen advice to members of a site not to click on any of my links because they may contain a “trap” and might ‘ravage your computer’. No wonder I have an inferiority complex.  :-)

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From Andy Long, Wildlife and Heritage Crime Adviser for English Heritage …

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