Archives For Metal Detecting

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Sometimes even the ‘experts’ in the archeological world can be wrong in their assessment of metal objects. Such mis-identifications make one realise that often the person with the real edge on determining the past use of a find is the detectorist with years of experience. The moral of this tale is that we mustn’t take for granted that everyone in the archaeological world (or indeed the hobby) knows everything about everything. If in doubt, seek a second opinion.

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The Mysterious Mask

11 April 2017 — 7 Comments

Early viewers of my blogs will be aware that I lost a lot of posts in a ‘crash’. Whenever possible, I have tried to resurrect some of the better ones, but it doesn’t always work My analytics tell me when somebody is looking for a post that has gone, they are met by the rather depressing message below.

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I have churned the idea around in my head when I’ve been awake and when fitfully sleeping, but I still don’t know how to present this blog post. The idea continues to fascinate, but the structure eludes me. I know it’s going to be a hotchpotch, but I ask that you stick with me as I explore a few possibilities. Continue Reading…

A Remarkable Sword

1 April 2017 — 25 Comments

North Wales has brilliant beaches, great mountain scenery and a fascinating ancient culture and heritage … and a lot more!  I’ve been aching to tell you this story, but it is only now that I can make the details public. Read on and you will perhaps understand why.

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I was in my local coffee shop yesterday morning sipping a latte and reading a free newspaper, when I saw an article that brought back a few dormant memories. The title was ‘Traceable Water to Save Antiquities from Looters’. But, more about that later.

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“I Won’t Tell You Again!”

If your parents were anything like mine, they probably told you a million times when you were growing up that money doesn’t grow on trees. It was a hard lesson, but the meaning was simple – it’s not easy to get money and my father had to work hard to make money. You can’t just walk around and pick it like fruit from the trees.

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The FUMSUP Charm

15 March 2017 — 19 Comments

I don’t think Steve Grundy is a detectorist, but he was interested in my recent blogpost on the subject of sweetheart brooches, and contacted me about an item he had in his collection. I must confess that I’d never come across this before, and was rather intrigued.

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