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Saturday, 24 April 2010

Rare Mary Penny sells for £524.77on ebay

I was watching ebay recently and a rare coin caught my eye. It was a Mary Penny (not high grade but still extremely nice) and extremely rare and very collectable. The price realised was £524.77. It was found by a member of the pastfinders mdc from the isle of wight, who has kindly allowed me to show the image here. It has been recorded with PAS and just goes to show what is out on them fields. Good hunting and thanks again to Paul from pastfinders.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

How far would you go to get prime detecting land??

A few years back when I first created Treasurehunting.tv, I also did some cartoons for the site. This cartoon came about when I went to a farm, very near a castle site, and the farmers daughter came to the door. She looked as if she had been pulled through a hedge backwards (to be fair she was working on the farm, and we don't all look our best at work). I said to brother at the time. Would you go out with her, if you could get 1000 acres of prime detecting land by the castle? It brought a chuckle to both of us.

Wiltshire Rally

The reports I have so far is that the weather is great, but finds are short on the ground. I'm hearing of a 'few hammered and milled silver from Foxham and there was also a gold ring'. The pub apparently is doing really well:-) I'll keep you informed of anything else.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Norman coins may be worth thousands

A HOARD of 178 Norman coins found in a field near Knaresborough could land a share of thousands of pounds for a group of amateur treasure hunters.
The discovery was made by 15 members of the West Riding Detecting Group during four separate visits to the site - which has not been identified - over a year-long period from April 2008.

The collection of rare Henry I silver coins, which date from between 1100 and 1135, is thought to be the first of its kind in the country.

Classifying the find as treasure at an inquest on Wednesday, Coroner Rob Turnbull did not disclose a valuation.

Full Report

Foxham, Wiltshire - Charity Rally Weekend

For those of you who like going to rallies, you are probably aware of this weekends rally in aid of charity. It is yesterday, today and tomorrow, and is a complete sell out with tickets sold many weeks ago.

The information given by the organisers are

'Brief History: Cadenham Manor estate, the area we will be detecting on, is mentioned in the Doomsday book, described as belonging to Earl Hugh and held by one William from him. It consisted of land for two ploughs, meadows and woodland, with two slaves and eight smallholders. It is likely that there had been a settlement here for some time before that, as the name Cadenham apparently is of Anglo-Saxon derivation, meaning Cada’s Ham or Homestead. Cade Burna- the brook to the south of Foxham which marks the boundary of the estate. The survival of the description “Burna” for a brook is very rare in the south of England, and is evidence of a very old settlement here. Evidence of a small Roman settlement has also been indicated in the village. The Wilts and Berks Canal passes close to the house on the east side. Cadenham Manor was the family house of the cadet branch of the Hungerford family for nearly two hundred and fifty years. There are 12 ponds dotted around this very small village all within five minutes walk of each one, which certainly would have been a huge advantage to early settlement. There are a large number of ridge and furrow fields that survive on the estate which indicates that the estate was actively farmed and regularly ploughed during the middle ages. However we will not be detecting on these fields but we will be detecting on the adjacent fields'.

I'll try and keep my ear to the ground for what promises to be a very successful rally.

Watch this space...................

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Jealousy, Jealousy and more Jealousy!!

There aren't many people I am jealous of in life. Jealousy isn't a good thing. Right?? Wrong! I am jealous of those people who have managed to find a hoard, and I haven't even though I've been Metal Detecting for 30 years. Don't get me wrong, I'm not jealous in a nasty way. The way that makes you bittered and twisted. In fact two hoards I can think of right now, couldn't have happened to nicer people (Burton and Stafford Hoards), but I'd dearly love to find one.

If you would like to see the latest about Terry Herbert and the Staffordshire Hoard log on to

Saxon Gold: Finding The Hoard on Channel 4 next Monday at 9pm and National Geographic Channel on April 18 at 7pm.

A few cartoons to make you smile!!

Treasurehunting.tv has been around for about 10 years, in many different guises. At one stage I was doing cartoons. Over the next few days I will be uploading some to this blog, that I think will raise a few chuckles.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

New forensic techniques in archaeology reveal existence of high status Africans living in 4th Century AD York

A picture of multi-cultural Britain in 4th Century AD has been revealed using the latest forensic techniques in archaeology. The new research, published in the March issue of the journal Antiquity, demonstrates that Roman York of the period had individuals of North African descent moving in the highest social circles.

The research was conducted by the University of Reading's Department of Archaeology, working with the Yorkshire Museum's collections. It will feature in the museum's brand new exhibition opening in August 2010, which aims to throw new light on the diversity of populations living in Roman York.

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the research used modern forensic ancestry assessment and isotope (oxygen and strontium) analysis of Romano-British skeletal remains such as the 'Ivory Bangle Lady', in conjunction with evidence from grave goods buried with her.

Dr Hella Eckardt, Senior Lecturer at the University of Reading, said: "Multi-cultural Britain is not just a phenomenon of more modern times. Analysis of the 'Ivory Bangle Lady' and others like her, contradicts common popular assumptions about the make up of Roman-British populations as well as the view that African immigrants in Roman Britain were of low status, male and likely to have been slaves."

"To date, we have had to rely on evidence of such foreigners in Roman Britain from inscriptions. However, by analysing the facial features of the Ivory Bangle Lady and measuring her skull compared to reference populations, analysing the chemical signature of the food and drink she consumed, as well as evaluating the evidence from the burial site, we are now able to establish a clear profile of her ancestry and social status.

"It helps paint a picture of a Roman York that was hugely diverse and which included among its population, men, women and children of high status from Romanised North Africa and elsewhere in the Mediterranean."

The ancestry assessment suggests a mixture of 'black' and 'white' ancestral traits, and the isotope signature indicates that she may have come from somewhere slightly warmer than the UK. Taken together with the evidence of an unusual burial rite and grave goods, the evidence all points to a high status incomer to Roman York. It seems likely that she is of North African descent, and may have migrated to York from somewhere warmer, possibly the Mediterranean.

The Ivory Bangle Lady was a high status young woman who was buried in Roman York (Sycamore Terrace). Dated to the second half of the fourth century, her grave contains jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, pendants, beads, a blue glass jug and a glass mirror. The most famous object from this burial is a rectangular openwork mount of bone, possibly from an unrecorded wooden casket, which reads 'Hail, sister, may you live in God', indicating Christian beliefs.

The skeleton and grave goods will be included in the Yorkshire Museum's new exhibition entitled Roman York: Meet the People of the Empire. This will open in August 2010 following a major £2 million refurbishment of the whole museum.

Eboracum (York) was both a legionary fortress and civilian settlement, and ultimately became the capital of Britannia Inferior. York was also visited by two Emperors, the North-African-born Emperor Septimius Severus, and later Constantius I (both of whom died in York). All these factors provide potential circumstances for immigration to York, and for the foundation of a multicultural and diverse community.

http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk Press Release Mar 2010

Monday, 5 April 2010

Treasure hunter nets £30,000 for pendant

A metal-detecting enthusiast, Peter Beasley, has received £30,000 for a Roman gold pendant unearthed in Hampshire.

The pendant is a bust of the Roman emperor wearing a laurel wreath and dates back to the first Century AD.

Mr Beasley, 68, used a metal detector to uncover the thumb-size piece of jewellery in a field near Alton, in December 1999.

It was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder at Timeline Auctions.

The former bricklayer uncovered 256 Roman coins in 1996, as well as several pieces of jewellery, in an area close to where the pendant was found, as previously reported in The News.

The haul was purchased by the British Museum for £103,000.