The last time I discussed a token there wasn’t much information. The John Robertson example below provides us with a better commentary on our recent social history. Nothing much changes.

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My First Metal Detector

5th April 2018 — 21 Comments

Picture by Jeff Cohen

The Jackdaw

Oh no, I hear you say. Not again! My apologies if you’ve seen this before, but it was a blog post I lost and I think it deserves a reprise … especially for newcomers and is also representative of a type of blog post that I do. I thought it was on here; evidently not.

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Theft by Keeping?

1st April 2018 — 13 Comments

Last week I made a Tweet from the UK Daily Mirror newspaper in which they asked if you could legally keep money, jewellery or lottery tickets you might discover on the street. “Does the adage of ‘finders keepers, losers weepers’ actually stand up in court?” they asked.

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BLUENOSE SCHOONER

Les Sarkany refers to himself as a ‘bluenoser’ detectorist from Halifax in Nova Scotia who has visited the UK on a couple of occasions. He takes his nickname from the celebrated fishing and racing schooner ‘Bluenose’ built in Nova Scotia, which has since become an important icon for the province as well as Canada as a whole. In 2011 I commissioned him to write an article about his experiences for the UK Searcher magazine. what follows is uncut, but remember that it was written seven years ago and things change. For example, Les no longer works as a security officer at Halifax Airport.

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Les Graydon of County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland had been detecting for about two and a half years when he made a significant find of a Celtic brooch on boggy-type land – with his Garrett Ace 250. The discovery attracted a lot of attention, and for many reasons. “My friends and I often search in mud covered up to the eyeballs,” he ruefully commented.

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A short piece I wrote in 2011 has re-surfaced, tickled my fancy and I’d like to share it with you cos’ it’s worth reading again. Back then I was an active detectorist and my musings were about the well-known cliché … you know the one …

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Stuart Bags the Seals

11th March 2018 — 12 Comments


Alongside buttons and spindle whorls, the ubiquitous lead seal probably features amongst the commoner artefacts found by detectorists searching farmland.

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Cold Case Revisited

4th March 2018 — 25 Comments

CAN YOU HELP?

In 2016 I made a blog post about a ‘Mysterious Masonic Artefact’ and asked for your help in identification. Yesterday, 3th March 2018 I was given further evidence of the same artefact but this time without a masonic connection. In this blog post I have the original, plus the update and ask if anyone can help. Last time I had suggestions such as a leather belt or tie clasp, but there were few other comments.

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Canadian Badge Restoration

26th February 2018 — 19 Comments


I have been a member of the premier Canadian Metal Detecting Forum for over ten years. I like it there primarily because of the people, my affinity with Canada and the sort of artefacts that are found. Although many finds are relatively ‘modern’ compared to what we unearth in the UK, they can often be much more interesting.

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