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Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Some great events at Harborough Museum

Local Hero - Thomas Cook
Saturday 2nd July 12noon-4pm

Celebrate the first public advertised excursion by Thomas Cook, who lived in Market Harborough from 1832, and thought of the idea whilst waiting at a coach stop in Kibworth!

Cost: £1 for craft materials

On a Shoe String
Saturday 9th July 11am-4pm

Artist in residence Heather Wharam will be demonstrating her unique designs inspired by the Museums cobblers workshop and getting visitors to have a go themselves.

Cost: £1 per person for craft materialsPre-booking required

I Love Archaeology
Saturday 16th July 11am-3.30pm

It's the Festival of British Archaeology so drop into the Museum to meet archaeological experts and learn about the skills you need to dig into the past. Funded by the Southeast Leicestershire Treasure Project.

Cost: No booking required.

I Love Archaeology
Saturday 23rd July 11am-3.30pm

It's the Festival of British Archaeology so drop into the Museum to meet archaeological experts and learn about the skills you need to dig into the past. Funded by the Southeast Leicestershire Treasure Project.

Cost: No booking required.

Celts v. Romans
Saturday 30th July 11am-3.30pm

A Roman soldier and Celtic warrior go head to head and it's up to you to decide whose side you are on. Then make your own equipment to join the ranks! Funded by the Southeast Leicestershire Treasure Project.

Cost: No booking required.

August Events

Treasure Through Time
Saturday 6th August 11am-1pm & 2-4pm

Join local artist Maxine Dodd for a family art session and create a timeline artwork inspired by the Hallaton Treasure! Children aged 5-12 years accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Drop in activity

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Ancient Leicestershire hillfort to reveal ancient secrets

Public open day on Sunday June 26th, 11am to 4pm, Burrough Hill, near Melton Mowbray

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 21 June 2011

An ancient Leicestershire hillfort will reveal some of its historic secrets over the next month, as archaeologists from the University of Leicester welcome the public to visit the second season of major excavation of the site.

Situated on the Jurassic scarp with commanding views of the surrounding countryside, Burrough Hill near Melton Mowbray is one of the most striking and frequently visited prehistoric monuments in central Britain.

Despite the site’s importance, relatively little is known about its ancient past. Last year a team from the University of Leicester began a five-year survey and excavation of the site, with support from landowners the Ernest Cook Trust (a national educational charity), English Heritage and Leicestershire County Council.

Trenches dug within the fort last summer revealed part of its stone defences, along with a cobbled road, a massive timber gateway and a ‘guard’ chamber built into the entrance rampart. This room remarkably still had surviving Iron Age floors, complete with its hearths an incredibly rare find (www.le.ac.uk/departments/archaeology).

The most surprising discovery so far is evidence of a further large Iron Age settlement just outside the hillfort that was discovered by geophysical survey, suggesting that the hillfort community may have been even larger than thought.

This year the team is revisiting the massive eastern entrance to expose the remainder of the chamber and reveal clues as to what it was used for. Another area will target several roundhouses in the settlement outside in order to find out when and why so many people lived here.

The excavations will take place between 13th June and 15th July and will aim to add to results from a successful first season of excavation in 2010.

A public open day on Sunday June 26th (11am to 4pm) will include guided tours of the excavations and a display of archaeological finds, as well as a chance to meet an ‘Iron Age warrior’ and learn about life in a roundhouse. Many of these activities are funded by the Southeast Leicestershire Treasure Project which has made another wonderful Leicestershire Iron Age find, the Hallaton Treasure, available to the public. A guided walk around the hill fort will also be held at the end of the dig on Monday 18th July as part of the national Festival of Archaeology.

The University of Leicester is also organising a summer school for local pupils. Funding from Aimhigher in the East Midlands will enable 16 year 11 pupils from backgrounds under-represented in higher education to benefit from a residential experience, including working on the dig at Burrough Hill and skills development work with the Department of Archaeology.

Funding from the Ernest Cook Trust (www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk) has enabled the University to employ an outreach worker and create resource packs for schools, making the most of the site’s education potential.

Byron Rhodes, Leicestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Country Parks said:

“Burrough Hill Country Park is one of the most striking and historic features in the landscape of eastern Leicestershire. The well-preserved Iron Age hill fort dramatically crowns a steep-sided promontory of land with superb views. A prominent landmark and ready-made arena, the hill has long been a place for public recreation.

“I am delighted that the County Council is working in partnership with the University to delve deep into the parks history and I’m looking forward to seeing what further discoveries are made. The open day will provide the opportunity to showcase some of the amazing finds for the very first time and I would urge people to come along.”

Dr Patrick Clay, Co-director of University of Leicester Archaeological Services added:

‘This is a great opportunity to examine the development of this remarkable monument. Our understanding of Iron Age sites has increased enormously in the last 20 years but this has mainly been through examining lowland farmsteads and a few larger settlements. This work will help our understanding of the role of ‘hillforts’ and their relationship with the smaller surrounding settlements’.

Background Information:

The project is managed by Richard Buckley and co-directed by Dr Jeremy Taylor and John Thomas of the University of Leicester. It is funded by the University of Leicester, the British Academy and the Ernest Cook Trust.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Badge dug up in field is medieval treasure

Scrap of twisted silver found by metal detector in Lancashire will be part of British Museum's exhibition of reliquaries.

A scrap of twisted silver found a few weeks ago by a metal detector in Lancashire will take its place among masterpieces of medieval art at the British Museum, in an exhibition opening this week of the bejewelled shrines made to hold the relics of saints and martyrs.

The badge made of silver found by Paul King, a retired logistics expert, is a humble object to earn a place in an exhibition called Treasures of Heaven, but it is unique. It will sit among gold and silver reliquaries studded with gems the size of thumbnails – or the sockets from which they were wrenched by thieves – once owned by emperors, popes and princes.

The badge, the only one of its kind ever found in Britain, provides a link 500 years ago between this corner of rural Lancashire and the great pilgrimage sites of mainland Europe. It shows one of the companions of St Ursula, one of the most popular mystical legends of medieval Europe. She was said to be a British princess who sailed with 11,000 virgin companions to marry a pagan prince in Brittany, but diverted to go on a pilgrimage to Rome – and in some versions of the story, Jerusalem.


Friday, 17 June 2011

My dream farm - with dozens of detectorists on it...................ouch!!

By Treasurehunterste

My dream farm - with dozens of detectorists on it...................ouch!!
I was sitting down the other evening, and was looking through some old
finds I'd found about 5 years ago. It brought back a memory of a day
I'd rather forget - but I thought I'd share it with you.

It was a crisp, sunny September morning and I was going to detect on a
new farm I'd recently gained permission to detect on. I'd found
hammered coins on it the week before and tokens and I was hopeful of
more to come. It was a lovely medieval village very close to a church
dating back to saxon times. I invited both my mum and Dad and brother
(all keen detectorists) to come along too.

We set off and travelled for 2 hours and as we were nearing the
village started seeing signs for a major Metal Detecting Rally. I
jokingly said to those with me 'I hope it is not on our farm.
Travelling further down the road my heart stopped. There was dozens of
cars and members of a local club walking all over 'my field'. Words
cannot describe (and they couldn't be printed either) how I felt. I
decided not to stop as I couldn't bear thinking of what might have
come off, so I went to the next village to another farm I'd detected
on before. To this day I don't know what was found........but life
goes on.


There again it can never be as bad as what happened to a mate of mine.
After travelling for 3 hours and searching all day he found a lovely
Henry V111 Hammered Coin and was delighted. He brought it along to our
club meeting and subsequently threw it away by accident with his crisp
packet..............the pain!!!

Metal Detecting - Understanding the Technology Is Important by Robert W. Benjamin

Metal Detecting for fun or profit can be one of the most exciting and rewarding of hobbies. A metal detector can cost very little, as low as $50 or higher that $400 for a top of the line model. This is one hobby where you really do get what you pay for, because the more expensive top of the line detectors use the most advanced technology and they have the best features available.

Metal Detectors use one of three types of technology:

BFO (Beat Frequency Oscillation) - Metal Detectors using BFO technology have two coils of wire, one large coil is located in the search coil of the detector, the other small coil of wire is located within the System Control Pack. Each coil of wire is connected to an oscillator that produces pulses of current. These pulses of current pass through the coils generating radio waves. A receiver housed within the System Control Pack receives the radio waves and makes a series of tones based upon the frequencies of the radio waves. When the detector search coil passes over a coin or other metal item a magnetic field is created around the coin or metal item, this magnetic field causes interference with the frequency of the radio waves generated by the search coil. And changes the tone produced by the reciever. Metal Detectors using BFO technology are the ones your likely to get when paying under $100 for, that's right, the cheapies. The BFO technology is the easiest and cheapest to make, thus the prices of the detectors are cheap. The only problem is, BFO technology is very limited when compared to PI and BFO detectors, and the ability to distinguish between junk metals and silver or other coins is very poor.

PI (Pulse Induction) - Metal Detectors using PI technology sometimes use a single coil or a series of coils working together as a transmitter and receiver. Short bursts of electrical current are send through a coil of wire, causing a magnetic field. When the burst of electrical current ends the magnetic field reverses polarity. A sharp electrical spike is created, then more pulses are created, the whole process repeats and works like a series of echoes, giving a different report or echo depending upon the metal it encounters. This type of metal detector is not very good for discrimination between different types of metals or coins, but it is good to use where some other types of metal detectors have trouble working, such as in salt-water, and metals can be detected much deeper with this technology than the others.

VLF (Very Low Frequency) - Metal Detectors using this technology have two search coils. One coil called the 'transmitter coil' transmits electricity rapidly many times per second, first in one direction around the coil, then in the other direction. The other coil called the 'Receiver Coil' acts just like the name implies it receives frequencies or data that come or 'bounce' back from the objects the transmitter coil detects in the search area. This type of Metal Detector is great for it's ability for being able to distinguish between different types of metals.

The first metal detector my wife and I bought together cost about $69.00 it was one of them cheap ones that used the 'BFO' technology. This was one of them metal detectors you see in the magazines that sell other household items, etc. You can buy cheap metal detectors like these at most Radio Shack stores, and some K Marts and Wal Marts. The first day we took the metal detector outside we started finding some neet things and my wife and I were hooked. We did find our share of junk items in the yard, like aluminum foil, nails and the usual pull tabs and junk metal. But we also found 7 old diecast cars in great condition. They were all different and were 'TOOTSIE' diecast vehicles. I looked on eBay and the bunch was worth around $15 or more. We also found a 1961 silver Roosevelt dime in fine condition, in our yard, plus the usual pennies.

After reading about how the 3 different types of Metal Detector technologies work and differ from each other, you must decide how or what you will be mostly using your metal detector for. Will you be hunting for small objects like coins, jewelry and gold nuggets, or searching for a large cache or object. The things you may want to use your detector for, play one of the most important factors besides pricing in deciding what type of detector to buy. Most folks want a detector that is great at finding coins, gold nuggets, and jewelry on the land and in small creeks and streams, this would be a detector using 'VLF' technology. Almost all of the modern detectors have a waterproof search coil which make searching in shallow creeks and streams possible.

There is Computer Software that is made just for the hobby of Metal Detecting. The software is called: Metal Detector - Treasure Hunter Professional, and may be seen at this website address: http://www.rb59.com/md/meal.html

By Robert W. Benjamin

Copyright © 2005

You may publish this article in your ezine, newsletter on your web site as long as it is reprinted in its entirety and without modification except for formatting needs or grammar corrections.

About the Author
Robert W. Benjamin has been in the software business on the internet for over 5 years, and has been producing low-cost software for the past 25+ years. He first released products on the AMIGA and C64 computer systems in the late 1970's-80's.

Coin Collecting - The Top 10 List by Michael Russell

Coin collecting. An associate of mine remembers receiving as a child a big paper bag of old US silver dollars, some going back as far as the late 1890s. Sometime between then and today he has misplaced that old paper bag. To this day he wonders if any of those coins might have been worth something.

There is no arguing that coin collecting is one of the biggest and most expensive hobbies in the world. The price tags of some old coins would turn your hair grey. In this article we're going to review the 10 most rare coins in existence. Wait until you see what some of these are going for.

Starting at number 10, there are the "proof gold" coins. Today the mint strikes millions of these coins every year and sells them to collectors from all over the world. However in the 19th century the mint struck only a few thousand of these each year and only a handful of proof gold coins. These are very rare and very expensive and sell very well in good and bad market times.

At number 9 we have early US gold coins struck between 1795 and 1834. These were minted in denominations of $2.50 $5 and $10. Today these coins are very rare in any condition and super rare in mint condition.

Coming in at number 8 we have the Liberty Seated Dollars. These coins are said to be the most beautiful ever made and one of the rarest of the 19th century coins. Both circulation strikes and proofs are very rare.

Hitting the chart at number 7 we have a very odd coin that was minted between 1875 and 1878. These were twenty cent pieces. Unfortunately the coin looked too much like a quarter to catch on with the public and there was no real commercial need for the denomination. Today they are highly prized collectors items. These coins today are very rare in top condition.

Number 6 on the coin hit parade are the Barber half dollars. These were minted between 1892 and 1915. They are one of the coin markets most important issues. They are collected by both "date" and "type" collectors and are the rarest of the 20th century silver type issues. These are very rare coins and to find one in gem condition is a once in a lifetime occurrence.

Midway up the chart at number 5 is the 1917 Type One Standing Liberty Quarter. This coin was made for only 2 years. The exposed breast of Miss Liberty caused such a commotion that they had to radically change the design midway through 1917. Since the 1916 is a 5 figure rarity (in the 10's of thousands of dollars) this coin is essentially a one year issue.

At number 4 are the Mercury Dimes. Even though this dime was minted between 1916 and 1945 proofs were made only between 1936 and 1942. Mercury dimes minted between 1940 and 1945 are actually reasonably priced and sell for about $50 a piece. The proofs are a little more expensive.

Just 2 spots from the top at number 3 is the Walking Liberty half dollar. This is also one of the world's most beautiful coins and extremely popular with coin buyers. These coins are very hard to find in mint condition. All five of the issues between 1941 and 1945 have made the all time rare coins price list.

Falling just short of number 1 at number 2 is the Texas Commemorative Half Dollar. This is actually the number 1 commemorative coin on the all time rare coins price list. Between 1934 and 1938 about 150,000 of these coins were minted. Only about 60 to 80% of those have survived to this day and only 50% of those grade MS65 or better. So this is indeed not only an extremely rare coin but actually considered scarce.

Finally coming in at number 1 is the Saint Gaudens. This $20 piece is probably the world's most well known coin. It is one of the most beautiful coin designs in history. This is one of the few coins that didn't drop in price during the 1980-1982 bear market.

In a future article we'll cover how coin collectors go about getting rare coins and where they can be found both on and off line.

Michael Russell
Your Independent guide to Coin Collecting

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Michael_Russell

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/115854

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Archaeological dig set to unearth Northumberland's past

The medieval secrets of Northumberland Park could be revealed in the next few weeks during an archaeological dig.
Up to seven trenches will be dug within the park, which lies between Tynemouth and North Shields.
The dig is part of work to rediscover the medieval hospital of St Leonard's as part of North Tyneside Council's restoration plans.
The council is applying for £2.2m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to improve the park.

A few days away with Treasurehunterste!

A few days away!!

A month or so ago I was detecting with ‘our kid’ when he suggested we should get away for a few days,in order to get some serious detecting done. Both of us having young families, find it difficult getting out as much as we’d like, but do get out regularly. We have been on a number of short detecting breaks with each other before and enjoy each others company - well most of the time anyway!!

Once I got home I decided to make a few enquiries with some farmer friends, in order to ensure land was available to detect on, and then booked accommodation in Lincolnshire, for our few days away.

The day soon arrived and it was in the early hours on the Tuesday that ‘our kid’ pulled up outside in his car. We were soon on the M62 and on our way East. The weather was glorious for March and within a couple of hours we found ourselves on one of our farms.

Besides sunshine, the first day had very little to offer. The ground was perfect. Although pasture, it had only recently be ploughed and the soil was soft. We found the normal buckles etc but little else until late in the afternoon my brother shouted hammered, and he showed me an Edward I Penny. He also found a large Roman Bronze. This was cue for me to move closer to his location and it wasn’t long before I too had a Henry III Cut Penny and an Elizabeth I penny.

Shortly afterwards my wife rang to say the heating/hot water had gone off and being a caring husband and Dad decided I couldn’t sit back and let them suffer whilst I was away. So I got in the car without delay …............... and gave her the telephone number for British Gas!! Before long the sun was setting and we both headed back to our digs. We had brought with us some healthy (okay maybe not so healthy) snacks and booze, and after a few hours of watching tv, drinking and eating, we were flat out.

One problem I have is insomnia. So it wasn’t unusual for me to be up very early the next morning and by shortly after 6am I was on the fields. ‘Our kid’ was still fast asleep but I had already told him the night before what my plans were.

First find for myself that morning was a medieval strapend and by the time ‘Our Kid’ had arrived on the field at mid morning, I’d also found a Roman coin too. What amazes me about this hobby is how you often feel you’ve covered an area, and in truth you haven’t. Because within 5 minutes of him being on the field a large he’d found a huge Silver Commemerative Medallion of George V. I couldn’t believe this had happened in an area I’d walked around for hours.

In the afternoon I moved to another part of the field. I soon found another hammered coin. This time it was a Short Cross of John. The sun was well and truly beating down on us and I was getting really tired. My energy was sapping quickly. However before I turned in I had found another hammered. This time a Henry V, York Penny.

That night it was time to read a few Metal Detecting Magazines and then a clean up before we hit a local Chinese restaurant on a food and drink feast. After we’d had our fill it was back to our digs, and then to bed. Next morning I was out on the fields early again. I’d received another call from my wife the night before advising me that it was Parents Evening for my daughter on the Thursday night, and my company would be appreciated. Or in other words ‘Get your backside back here or else’. So by lunchtime and another strapend to my name, it was time to head home.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my few days away.

Treasurehunterste 2011

Another Eddie penny..................but which one?

When it comes to identifying coins, one of the most challenging coins detector users find, is without doubt an Edward Penny. Or as many detectorists say an ‘Eddie’ Penny. Yet these coins are also one of the most popular hammered coins found.

It was therefore no surprise to see this particular hammered in the ‘Please identify my finds’ section of the UKDN forum this month.

So where do we start? Well as with all coins we have an obverse and a reverse (Front and Back in layman’s terms).  The obverse is usually the head of the monarch and reverse is usually the other side, often portraying a cross or shield of some kind, on hammered coins.

On this particular coin the real give away is the annulet stops in the legend, on the obverse side. This almost certainly dated the coin to Edward III. Now it was a case of finding out what coinage.

Well the first two coinages of Edward III could be ruled out pretty quickly. The reason being that the First Coinage (1327-1335) did not have annulet stops, and was merely a continuation of the issues of Edward II and the Second Coinage (1335-1343) issued no pennies, or at least none are known. That led us on to the later issues, including the Florin and Pre and Post Treaty.
Now was the time to have a little look at the reverse. The reverse read CIVITAS DVNE/LMIE which immediately indicated it was a coin minted in Durham. Not only that this particular inscription was only used for Pre Treaty series C, D, E and G. All other coins minted at Durham had different spellings such as DOR/ELME or DV/ELM to name a couple.

So the hard bit had been done. Upon further reading it was noted that series C had a reverse barred N on the reverse (back to front N), yet Series D had an unbarred one, Series E a crozier befor CIVI and Series F, read CIVITAS DVR EME.

As this coin had a reverse barred N on the reverse it was possible to say with some confidence that we had a  Fourth, Pre Treaty Coinage, of Edward 11 (1351-1361) Penny. Narrowed down even further for the fact that Class C was only minted between the years 1351-1352). This was confirmed by again checking the obverse legend which read EDWARDVS REX ANGLIE. It also had an Initial mark as Cross type 1 and a Lombardic letter m.
So as you can see it isn’t really has hard as you think.

Copyright Treasurehunterste 2011

Locals show off finds

A TREASURE trove of historic rarities was revealed last week when amateur archaeologists showed off their finds.
Residents were invited to Mildenhall Library last Thursday to take along their unearthed relics.
Members of Suffolk County Council’s archaeology team were on hand to size up the artefacts and spot any stand out pieces.
Finds included Victorian coins, a pan from a pair of scales and a Bronze Age axe.

Monday, 13 June 2011

A bit about me - owner and writer of Treasure Hunting TV

A bit about Treasurehunterste............................(me)

I first started Metal Detecting back in the Summer of 1982. I was a young lad at the time. My Mum and Dad were keen detectorists, during the holiday season, finding cash on the beach. And it was only by pure chance, after finding a solid gold necklace, whilst playing in the sand, that it got me hooked too.

Our first port of call, was to contact our local Museum to find a local club. This is when we were introduced to the South Lancashire and Cheshire MDC. The club was very much in its infancy. It had only opened a few years previous, and had only recently moved into a community centre. Before then it was in the front room of Brian’s house (Crossy).

During these years I would spend hours detecting on the local parks and nearby farmland but my first hammered coin would have to wait until after I was married. I did unearth quite a few nice Victorian items, and thousands of coins, mainly later in date. I was also involved in helping organise some of the earlier National Rallies such as Aintree Racecourse, Croxteth etc., under the watchful eye of Brian.
When I was about 18 I had a break from the hobby for a few years. I was too busy enjoying myself on nights out, to worry about early Sunday morning starts, to Metal Detect. My Mum and Dad carried on with the hobby throughout though, as they still do to this day. I still read all the magazines and kept in touch with the hobby.

After I got married in 1994, my interest developed again and I was out and about with my detector on a regular basis.  The club was struggling with numbers at times. Membership would be verging on 40 or so. The same old faces were still there. Brian was now with Mo, and was starting UKDN and was showing a real passion for spreading the hobby online. The hobby wasn’t as fashionable as it is today.

After a few years I became Vice Chairman of our club, and this was to follow up as Chairman for a number of years. I helped the club start up its website and forum and we moved venue, as membership started to increase. It was at this time I decided to start travelling further afield in my hunt for coins and artefacts. It was not uncommon for me to start travelling at 5am on a Sunday morning, in the hope of that elusive find.
Most of my nicer finds have come from this period. Certainly my earlier ones have. These range from Celtic and Roman up to present day. My favourite has to be one of my Julius Caesar Denarii, simply due to the emperor being so famous. But to be honest I have been quite lucky. I have quite a choice of many hammered (silver and gold) and other coins and artefacts to choice from. I guess when you’ve been walking the fields for thousands of hours, you’d expect to find something.

As of today, I still run our club’s website, although most of my effort is aimed towards our forum. I am one of the longest standing members of the club, and still enjoy the hobby immensely. I am no longer Chairman, although I still take a keen interest in the clubs affairs, and may well put my hat in the ring, at a future date. I still hold rallies for the club, and am keen to help the new members with the hobby, although at a membership now nearing 100, I think the club may be getting a little too big for comfort.

Although a user of UKDN since its early days, I haven’t posted very much until recently. I have been surprised at just how much enjoyment I have had on here, since I started contributing more. The wealth of knowledge is immense. I am learning so much and everybody seems so friendly. In return I hope I can give a bit back.

Help in identifying the Short Cross Penny

The Short Cross coin, which was introduced by Henry II, in 1180, often causes confusion when Metal Detectorists or collectors try and identify the period of issue. One common misconception is that because it bears the name ‘HENRICVS’ is that it must be attributed to King Henry II or III. This is not correct. Both of Henry II’s sons, Richard and John, used the same name on the coins.

In fact the only known coins bearing Richard’s name are from his territories of Aquitaine and Poitou in western France. In the case of John his name appeared only on Irish coins, such as the penny, half penny and farthing.

It is because all four Monarchs use the same or very similar legend,  that makes identification of the coins, a bit difficult for the less experienced collector and can be quite challenging for the experienced ones also. However there are differences, and with practice it is possible to date the coins reasonably accurately.

So what differences might you encounter? Well on the obverse most common ones are the pellets on the crown or curls of hair. Others include a different cross on the saltire or unusual shaped letters. However on the reverse it is often small pellet stops, or the Moneyer himself that gives you the biggest clue.

The difficulty really comes into its own when the coin is worn or damaged. It may also be that the coin has been cut into quarters or halves, in order to use as smaller change, such as a farthing or half penny, as at this stage in English history, only the Penny coin existed. In these cases you will only have certain letters available to you, and it is a case of eliminating the other Moneyers from that class. It can help even more if you can decipher the actual Mint, were the coin was made.

In total there were twenty one mints operating during the Short Cross period, and dozens of Moneyers – many with the same name or similar names.
The Mints in operation were: Canterbury, Carlisle, Chichester, Durham, Exeter, York, Ipswich, Kings Lynn, Lichfield, London, Lincoln, Northampton, Norwich, Oxford, Rochester, Rhuddlan, Shrewsbury, Bury St. Edmunds, Wilton, Winchester and Worcester.

It is also worthwhile remembering that just like today, there were forgeries and imitations – many from the continent. New examples are always being found by Metal Detectorists and the reference books very quickly become outdated, due to this invaluable information. However for those with a real interest in this coinage, a reference book (of which there are many) is the only real way of developing your knowledge.

Copyright Treasurehunterste 2011

Archaeologists to search River Coquet for lost mill

A team of amateur archaeologists has won lottery cash to fund an underwater excavation in Northumberland.
The £9,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund will allow Coquetdale Community Archaeology group to search the River Coquet for a 13th Century cloth mill.
Evidence of the submerged remains are already visible in a stretch of the river near Barrowburn.
Work on the project, which has also received backing from English Heritage, is due to get under way next month.



Sunday, 12 June 2011

Diver dies after shipwreck rescue in Whitsand Bay

A diver who was rescued after getting into difficulty on a wreck off Whitsand Bay in Cornwall has died.
The 26-year-old man from London was one of three people taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after suffering from diving sickness.
The man was pronounced dead at hospital and details were being prepared for the coroner, police said.
It was believed the man, plus another man and a woman, had been exploring the James Egan Layne wreck on Saturday.
The rescue began at about 1120 BST after coastguards in Brixham were called.
One diver was airlifted to hospital, while the two others were taken to shore by lifeboat and transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

It's official: Ship found off N.C. coast was Blackbeard's

North Carolina has quietly decided that the cannon-laden shipwreck just off Fort Macon is absolutely that of Blackbeard the pirate's flagship, the "Queen Anne's Revenge," ending 15 years of official uncertainty.
No more caveats, not in news releases, scholarly presentations by state archaeologists or on museum exhibits about the ship like the one that opens Saturday at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/06/10/3692152/its-official-ship-found-off-nc.html#ixzz1OxLb81lW

Smashing discovery

Cambridge University scientists have discovered that the ancient Greeks smashed valuable pottery in bizarre ceremonies 4,500 years ago.
Archaeologists embarked on a huge dig on the uninhabited Greek island of Keros in 2006 and discovered hundreds of pieces of ornate statues.
The Cambridge University team has now proved that the smashing of these marble pottery and statues was part of a bizarre religious ritual.
They believe that statues and pottery used for spiritual services were taken to Keros and broken, then buried in shallow pits.
Colin Renfrew, professor of Archaeology at Cambridge University, has spent hundreds of hours cataloguing the “remarkable” finds.
He said: “We believe that the breaking of the statues and other goods was a ritual and that Keros was chosen as a sanctuary to preserve the effects.

Friday, 10 June 2011

And the last for now!!

And a few more from the cartoon archives!!

Thought it was time to show some of the archive of our Treasurehunting Cartoons - enjoy!!

Greece arrests six suspected gold hunters

Greek police said they have arrested six people on suspicion of using an underground tunnel to search for buried gold at an archaeological site.
The group of four Greeks and two Albanians were caught in a 12-m (40-foot) long tunnel at the site near Kavala in northern Greece.
The tunnel was first started in 2008 and had been equipped with lighting and a rail track, police said.
Greece has recently increased efforts against the looting of its artefacts.
The suspects, aged between 39 and 62, are alleged to have used dynamite to blast their way through in their search for relics.
They will be charged with illegal excavation, illegal use and possession of explosives, and violating archaeological protection laws, according to AP news agency.

Broken idols of Keros: British archaeologists explain Greek mystery

To say it has been an archaeological mystery may be an understatement: why are fragments of beautiful but deliberately smashed bronze age figurines buried in shallow pits on a small, rocky Greek island whose main inhabitants have always been goats?
Today, academics at Cambridge University will release findings that shed light on the 4,500-year-old puzzle of Keros, a tiny Cycladic island in the Aegean.
It appears Keros was the ceremonial destination for a ritual that involved islanders breaking prized possessions and making a pilgrimage with fragments for burial.
"It is rather remarkable," said Professor Colin Renfrew, who led the most recent excavations.

Thursday, 9 June 2011


A student volunteer from Newcastle University found the piece of carved scrollwork on Monday.
Archaeologist Tony Wilmott, who is leading the excavations with professor Ian Haynes, of Newcastle University, said: “It is early days yet but it’s all looking very promising and we are hoping for good things in the next two months.
“To find something like this on the first was great for the volunteers. We are getting hints that there is a lot of archaeology there.
“We have been very pleased with the dedication and willingness of the students and local volunteers.”
Peter Greggains, chairman of the Senhouse Roman Museum Trust, said: “This is the culmination 10 years of research.
“We have got a terrific team and we were thrilled to get them.”
The 28-strong team of volunteers is working to unravel the mystery surrounding a unique cache of 17 altars discovered there in 1870.
They had been buried in a series of pits to the north and east of the fort but no one knows when, why or by whom.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Anne's joy as lost keys are found

A PENSIONER has told of her joy after being reunited with her house keys she feared would fall into the hands of burglars.

Anne Vernon dislocated her shoulder and hit her head when she missed the step down from her front door and ‘took a head long dive’ into the hedge.

She managed to pull herself up and stagger to her neighbours home and raise the alarm.

But while Anne was spending two nights in hospital the one thing on her mind was the worry that while she was there someone may find the house keys she dropped when she fell and break into her home.

She said: “I had my keys in my hand when I fell into the thick ivy hedge and I couldn’t find them again. My neighbours were looking to but to no avail.

”I kept telling myself if none of my neighbours can find them then hopefully no one else will be able to. 


Saxon coins - you can't help but love them!

Many of you will know that I am a moderator and also help ID coins on UK Detector Net. Well what a lovely coin came up this week. Found by a guy with a metal detector near York, this lovely Saxon Styca. Okay it isn't Silver or Gold, and isn't worth a fortune, but it is a fantastic coin of its type, and one I will be adding to my online database in due course.

It is a A styca of Archbishop Wigmund of York
AD 837 - 849/50

Archaeologists discover skeleton in doctor’s garden

A skeleton, possibly dating from Roman times, has been unearthed by archaeologists from the University of Bristol during a dig in the garden of vaccination pioneer Dr Edward Jenner in Berkeley, Gloucestershire.

The archaeologists, led by Professor Mark Horton and Dr Stuart Prior, have been excavating part of the garden of The Chantry, the former country home of vaccination pioneer, Dr Edward Jenner (1749-1823), during a series of annual digs since 2007.  They have already established that Berkeley is an important Anglo-Saxon site with a mynster of the same scale and status as Gloucester.
Last week, they uncovered a skeleton believed to date from the Roman or possibly sub-Roman (that is the ‘Dark Ages’) period.  The Roman occupation of Britain ended in 410AD, making this an extremely rare find of great historical significance.
As the skeleton was painstakingly excavated it became clear that it was cut in half by a later ditch.  Roman material was found in this ditch, which could have either been deposited by the Romans themselves or later inhabitants of the area as they were robbing the Roman buildings nearby.
The skeleton is known to be adult but its sex has not yet been determined.  It was found underneath the sealed remains of part of the Anglo-Saxon Mynster, founded in the 8th century.  This latest discovery, however, clearly puts Berkeley on the map as an even earlier religious site than previously thought.
Professor Mark Horton said: “This was a completely unexpected but really important discovery because it fills in the history between the Roman villa that we believe is on the site and the Anglo-Saxon monastery discovered during earlier digs.
“It just goes to show that you never quite know what lies under your feet.  It is unlikely that Dr Jenner was aware of these unexpected neighbours lurking at the bottom of his garden.”
Sarah Parker, Director of Dr Jenner’s House said: “Year on year the archaeology and recorded data that the University of Bristol uncovers from Dr Jenner’s garden never ceases to amaze.  It reinforces the importance of this historic site alongside the Birthplace of Vaccination.  We are very pleased to be working with the university, sharing history being made being with the public.”
One of the expert archaeologists and archaeo-detectorist, Peter Twinn, will be giving a talk about this year’s finds at Dr Jenner’s House in the Old Cyder House, on Thursday 21 July 2011 (7.30pm), entitled Flints, Musket Balls and a Knight’s Tale: Archaeological Finds from Berkeley.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Win the The Switch on DVD

This weeks competition is to win The Switch on DVD. Just email your name and address to treasurehuntingtv@googlemail.com by Sunday 12th 2011 and a name will be chosen at random.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

Musket ball at 'secret army' camp in Lochaber

A musket ball has been found in a part of the Highlands with close links to Bonnie Prince Charlie which was later used for training secret agents.
Archaeologists said the find at Lochailort in Lochaber was post medieval and it would be sent to the Royal Armouries in Leeds for analysis.
Prince Charles Edward Stewart fled Scotland from nearby Loch nan Uamh.
Spent bullets thought to date from Lochailort's use as a camp during World War II have also been uncovered.
Mussleburgh-based CFA Archaeology carried out a metal detector survey of the site in March this year.
The work was commissioned by salmon farming company Marine Harvest which plans to develop the area.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Roman ring found in Weston declared treasure

AN ARCHAEOLOGY enthusiast has unearthed a valuable piece of Weston’s ancient past after a Roman ring he discovered near the town was declared treasure trove.

Metal detectorist Andrew Stanley found the antique silver treasure two years ago in a farmer’s field on the southern side of Weston.

And now his find has been confirmed as treasure trove after a coroner’s ruling.
The retired 61-year-old, of Beechmount Close, said he is delighted that his find has been recognised, and also that it could be only the tip of the iceberg as far as the Roman presence in Weston is concerned.

Treasure discoveries: Metal detector unearths Iron Age skeleton and jewellery

A TREASURE hunter from Weymouth unearthed an Iron Age grave containing a skeleton of a woman and a number of her belongings.
An inquest into the treasure, which was discovered by Carl Walmsley of Westham, heard how a total of 14 items were found in the grave on land near Portesham.
West Dorset coroner Michael Johnston declared that the items, including a mirror, two brooches, a bronze amulet, a coin, tweezers and a number of glass and stone beads, were treasure at the inquest held at Dorset County Hall.
Mr Johnston said that the items, which were discovered on April 27 last year, dated from between 15BC to AD50-60 and were found in a Durotrigian type grave.


Thursday, 2 June 2011

Family's photos unearthed at park (US)

It took John Polcyn 15 years, but a recent trip to Maumee Bay State Park to search the area with his metal detector yielded his most cherished find ever.
When he dug a few inches into the dirt and found a memory card from a camera, it seemed like a relatively routine thing. He planned to use the card in his own camera when he went on vacation.
Then he plugged it into his computer, looked more closely, and realized he had something far more precious -- at least to one local family.
The card -- filled with 458 pictures of a young boy and his family on vacations and holidays, including a Disney cruise, a monster truck show, and Christmas activities -- were the keepsake memories of a young boy battling a lifelong congenital heart defect who was able to participate in the Make-A-Wish Foundation program.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Weddington residents vow to block bulldozers from fields

RESIDENTS fighting the building of 326 homes on fields next to their Nuneaton estate may form a blockade against bulldozers.
They are angry over Warwickshire County Council’s go-ahead for developer Hallam Land management to dig a series of trenches on the farmland, off Church Lane, Weddington, for an archaeological survey.
A campaign group SWORD (Save Weddington: Oppose the Residential Development) has been formed to oppose the proposal and a 3,400-name petition has already been handed to the borough council.
Spokesman John Brookes said: “This latest move by Hallams is a blatant attempt to destroy the fields before any decision is made.
“The fact that they are resorting to such underhand tactics shows they are aware of the level of local opposition to the proposed housing estate.

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