I’ve looked at my writing output over the last year, especially the blog, and am staggered by the range of subjects, the majority connected in some way with the hobby – or ‘sport’ if you are a Garrett fan – of detecting. Where did all that tsunami of words come from?
I have always tried to write in an informative, enlightened and entertaining way, so that the detectorist will find something of interest, but the only ‘feedback’ is the number of subscribers and the comments some of them leave.
Writing this review is a cop-out, a way of avoiding what I should be doing, and that is composing something new. What follows is some of my highlights from the first half of 2017.
The year started on a high when I received a very special ‘hammered’ coin from my friend Pat Law, one that brought tears to my eyes. As I said at the time, ‘I will keep you in suspenders and reveal what it was at the end of the blog post.’ You can read the original HERE.
My blog is read all over the world and I was pleased when I was contacted by a researcher at Stanford University asking if he could use images and information from my blog. See how a common detectorist find is helping research by reading THIS.
At the end of the month I did a spot of ‘Dirty Detecting’, and reprised an article on mudlarking on the Thames foreshore. Hidden in the thick, foul-smelling mud of the Thames is one of Britain’s most important archaeological resources … and I told the story of the Thames Mudlarks.
Throughout the year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds newly popular words to its lineup, and in 2016 it introduced over 1000, including phrases, many of which originated and were made popular online. In 2013 The ‘word of the year was ‘selfie’. Read about the word Jim Patterson invented.
A cold case was solved this month. Dave-in-Oz, put me on the right track in an update to a story about a seal matrix I’d found. I’d never known the meaning of the legend ‘SHOULD THIS MEET YOUR EYE. All was revealed.
My blog on the 4 March was devoted to Micheal Rawlins, a Canadian detectorist and avid collector of military artefacts. In this post I highlighted some of his military badges.
‘Swiss Rolly’ made a guest post later in the month in which he described his technique for cleaning coins … when he was a junior school. Read it to see how this school wall picture below was an integral part of the process!
I brought you some breaking news on April 1st all about a remarkable sword found in one of the remoter parts of Wales … unfortunately I was accused of promoting fake news and was misbelieved by some!
At the end of the month I preface my blog by saying:
Younger detectorists will probably only know Richard Hattatt by a reference to him when they come to record their find on a database, but his contribution to the hobby cannot be underestimated.
Many detectorists will no doubt view the complex geometric forms made from coins notched and joined together as another kind of oddity. But what artist Robert Wechsler has done is to assemble an incredible assortment of ‘sculptures’ using pound coins, pennies and dimes and also coins from other countries.
In June I took a little ‘holiday’.