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Sunday, 27 June 2010

Detector found ring at Lockdales in July!

A ring found in Lincolnshire, which was disclaimed by the Museum, is finding its way to the auction rooms in July.

Mediaeval gold ring, external diameter 22.3mm. internal diameter 18.8mm., with four oval bezels of 6.0mm. - 6.4mm. and thickness of 1.imm., weight 5.02g. and dated to c.1400 to c.1500 and has a Tresure ref. no. 2009 T483. disclaimed. The four oval bezels are engraved with the images of saints, these being St. Christoper and three female saints, one possibly St. Catherine [holding a sword] one possibly St. Margaret or St. Helena [holding a cross] and one holding possibly a palm or flower and is unidentified the engraving has traces of white enamel within the depth of design, found Lincolnshire, 2009, a rare item in nice condition.

Guide Price £3500 - 4000

Rare Anglo-Saxon Thrymsa sells for £26,000

A rare coin from the Saxon period, found by a detectorist, with an estimate of £6,000-£8,000 has been sold for £26,000 at Spink.

Anglo-Saxon, Crondall phase c.620-635, Kent, Eadbald
(616-640), Thrymsa or Shilling, 1.28g (SG 14.86, c.58% gold), London, draped, diademed bust right, cross before, avdv[arld r]eges, rev. latin cross on globe within pelleted inner circle, blundered inscription around (cf. Sutherland VI.1, corpus nos.77-78 and plate IV, 22, 23; BMC and Stewartby-same dies; Metcalf 50; EMC 2010.0147- this coin; N.29; S.758), well centred on an evenly round flan, clean gold with hints of lustre, a most pleasing example of an early Thrymsa and the first coin issued in the name of an English king, extremely fine, the seventh known of this type, extremely rare
Estimate £ 6,000-8,000


Found near Deal Kent, 2010. Recorded with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, EMC 2010.0147.

Green waste - Metal Detecting!

In response to my blog a while back about potential Green Waste causing problems for metal detectorists, I was reading about the issue on a forum. Here is what they said

'I had heard that ***** have had problems with green waste, including medical waste ie srynges etc. The companies who produce the stuff and then palm it off onto the farmers, need a good looking at, along with the particular body who is encouraging it.
It makes you wonder, its called "green waste" producing images of some nice homemade compost, in fact its just the opposite. No wonder that farmers are having to be paid to have it put on their land. I know I have to pay for compost??? However I'd expect to be paid if somebody wanted to dump the contents of those "for incineration only" yellow buckets and out of date drugs in my garden...................................


'................have spoken to the TV people and put what has happened on a couple of our digs to them, unfortunately they then wanted to speak to the farmer where we had the problem but the farmer didnt want to speak to them so we are kinda stuck. I think it would make for a very good programme but unfortunately we cant force the farmer to go on camera if he doesnt want to.

I shall watch the developments with baited breath!

World's largest gold coin sells for $4m at auction

The largest gold coin in the world has been sold for $4m (£2.6m) at an auction in Vienna.

The Maple Leaf coin measures 53cm (21in) in diameter, weighs 100kg (200lb) and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records.


Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Detectorist tries to sell grenade at Boot fair!!

Just been reading a story about a Metal Detectorist who unwittingly tried to sell a hand grenade at a car boot on Sunday in Forstal Road, Aylesford.

The guy, who was French, had travelled from France to the car boot sale. He had found the grenades whilst metal detecting.

It was just before lunch that the Bomb disposal squad arrived, who ceased the grenades after setting up a 50m cordon. They were later made safe, in the nearby quarry.

All worked out well in the end, but things could have turned out so different.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Bones of Saxon queen Eadgyth found

Remains of one of the oldest members of the English royal family have been unearthed at Magdeburg Cathedral in Germany.

Eadgyth, the sister of King Athelstan and the granddaughter of Alfred the Great, was given in marriage to Otto I, the Holy Roman Emperor, in 929. She lived in Saxony and bore Otto at least two children, before her death in 946 at the age of 36. She was buried in Magdeburg and her tomb was marked in the Cathedral by an elaborate sixteenth-century monument.

In 2008, as part of a wider research project into Magdeburg Cathedral, a tomb was investigated. It was known that she was initially buried at the Monastery of Mauritius in Magdeburg, and if bones were to be found, they would have had to have been moved to this later tomb; it was, however, thought that this tomb was most likely a cenotaph.

But when the lid was removed, a lead coffin was discovered, bearing Queen Eadgyth’s name and accurately recording the transfer of her remains in 1510. Inside the coffin, a nearly complete female skeleton aged between 30 and 40 was found, wrapped in silk.

The bones excavated in Magdeburg Cathedral in 2008 are those of Saxon Princess Eadgyth who died in AD 946, it has since been confirmed by experts at the University of Bristol. The crucial scientific evidence came from the teeth preserved in the upper jaw. The bones are the oldest surviving remains of an English royal burial.

She lived most of her married life at Magdeburg and was buried in the monastery of St Maurice. Her bones were moved on at least three occasions, before being interred in an elaborated tomb in Magdeburg Cathedral in 1510.

It was this tomb that was opened by German archaeologists in 2008, a tomb long expected to be empty. Instead they found it contained a lead box, with the inscription “EDIT REGINE CINERES HIC SARCOPHAGVS HABET...” (The remains of Queen Eadgyth are in this sarcophagus...).

When the box was opened, partial skeletal remains were found, along with textile material and organic residues. The challenge facing the archaeologists was to show that the remains, which had been moved so often, and could easily have been substituted by others, were indeed those of Queen Eadgyth.

Director of the project, Professor Harald Meller of the State Office for Heritage Management and Archaeology, Saxony-Anhalt, commented: “Medieval bones were moved frequently, and often mixed up, so it required some exceptional science to prove that they are indeed those of Eadgyth. It is incredible that we have been able to do this using the most recent analytical techniques.”

Anthropological study of the bones, undertaken at the University of Mainz by Professor Kurt Alt, confirmed that the remains belonged to a single female individual, who died between 30 and 40 years of age. One of the femur heads showed evidence that the individual was a frequent horse rider, thus hinting at her nobility.

Unfortunately vital parts were missing, including hands and feet, and much of the skull, of which only the upper jaw survived. These losses are probably due to their collection as medieval relics. Isotope analysis of the bones suggested that she enjoyed a high protein diet, including a large quantity of fish. All these results suggest a high status aristocratic lady.

It was hoped that radiocarbon dating would help in the identification of the bones, but the results proved to be some 200 years too early. This presented a real problem, as dating of the associated textiles in the lead box produced the correct range of dates for Eadgyth. It was also hoped that DNA might be extracted from the remains but this proved impossible, most likely due to the box’s bad state of preservation because the burial was in a tomb.

The crucial scientific evidence came from the study of the teeth preserved in the upper jaw. This used a technique that measures the strontium and oxygen isotopes that are mineralised in the teeth as they are formed. The value of these isotopes depends on the local environment and its underlying geology that is then locked into the teeth. Samples of the teeth were studied at the University of Bristol’s Department of Archaeology and the Institute of Anthropology at the University of Mainz.

Dr Alistair Pike, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at Bristol University, explained: “Strontium isotopes on tiny samples of tooth enamel have been measured. By micro sampling, using a laser, we can reconstruct the sequence of a person’s whereabouts, month by month up to the age of 14.”

By combining oxygen and strontium results, it was possible to ‘triangulate’ the location of the first 14 years of this individual’s life. The results unambiguously pinpointed the chalk regions of southern Britain. The findings were compared to isotope values measured in teeth from other burials from Magdeburg by Corina Knipper at the University of Mainz.

Ms Knipper, a researcher in Professor Alt’s team, said: “The isotopes in the teeth supposed to be Eadgyth’s are completely different from those in the people local to Magdeburg. This individual cannot have spent her childhood in Magdeburg.”

The remarkable discovery was, however, that these isotope results matched exactly the historical records of Eadgyth’s childhood and adolescence in Wessex.

Mark Horton, Professor in Archaeology at Bristol University, added: “Eadgyth seems to have spent the first eight years of her life in southern England, but changed her domicile frequently, matching quite variable strontium ratios in her teeth. Only from the age of nine do the isotope values remain constant.

“Eadgyth must have moved around the kingdom following her father, King Edward the Elder during his reign. When her mother was divorced in 919 – Eadgyth was between nine and ten at that point – both were banished to a monastery, maybe Winchester or Wilton in Salisbury.”

Trauma was also indicated in her skeleton around this same age, suggesting a dramatic change in her circumstances. Her monastic life, and a diet of fish also explain the problematic radiocarbon dates, which tend to appear older with heavily fish-based diets.

Grave goods, as was common for Christian burials, did not accompany Eadgyth’s bones. However, they were wrapped in extremely expensive and rare silks using the most expensive colorants of the time.

The bones will be reburied in Magdeburg Cathedral later in the year, exactly 500 after their last interment in 1510.

New Argos Advert

A new advert that Argos are using at the moment, with a man and his Metal Detector has brought many a small to members faces. If only life was so simple.

Have a look and see what you think.


It is all still extremely quiet on the metal detecting front. Crops are still in the ground, and detectorists throughout the UK are chomping at the bit. It didn't stop one lucky club member finding his first Victorian Gold Sovereign though. Cracking coin, and one the picture doesn't really do justice to I believe.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Straightened at last

For those of you who have viewed some of my video clips, you will have no doubt seen a large Silver Groat I found, whilst detecting last year some time. Sadly it was bent.

The clip is here

Here is the same coin after it has been straightened.

Henry VI Cross-pellet issue London groat type B. 1454-60. Saltire on the neck, pellets by the crown and mullet after hENRIC. Also an extra pellet in two of reverse quarters

Another blast from the past

Here's another cartoon that I did some time ago for Treasure Hunting TV. I'll post more in due course.

Green waste problem!!

I've been reading a lot recently about how certain parts of the country (and certain rallies) have experienced problems with green waste.

For those who are unsure what I mean, I'm referring to farmers who are being paid to dump recycled waste from councils into their fields. As the councils are under more and more pressure, to stop landfill, they are in turn turning to farmers to plough this stuff back into their fields.

The problem occurs when these green bins, are contaminated with other stuff, such as silver paper, aluminium cans etc Much of which goes undetected by the council machines, so are being shred into little pieces and strewn across the fields.

As each year goes by and more skips are dumping this stuff on the fields, it is not only risking our hobby, but also has potential health risks to humans who eat the crops.

As all detectorists know, farmers have (and will) plough many different 'by products' into the soil, but this takes it to another level. A couple of hundred tonne of 'green waste' on these fields, will leave junk for years to come. Stories of hundreds of hinges/screws etc are becoming more and more common.

As yet I have not come across the problem on my sites, but it is becoming more widespread. These greenfield sites will soon become 'brownfield' sites, unless something is done quickly to stop it.

It would be interesting to hear peoples views. Maybe as a detecting community we should be doing more, before it gets too late??