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Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Harewood House origins found by student archaeologists

Hundreds of artefacts dating from the Middle Ages to the 18th Century have been discovered by archaeology students working at Harewood House in Leeds.
The students, from York University, have excavated the remains of Gawthorpe Hall, a medieval manor in the grounds of what is now Harewood House.
The items found include a 15th Century coin and an 18th Century chamber pot.
It is hoped the finds will give fresh insight into the origins of Harewood House, which was finished in 1771.
Gawthorpe Hall was demolished by 1773, its remaining traces filled with rubble and covered with turf.

Chance to get your ‘treasure’ identified

AMATEUR archaeologists, avid metal detector enthusiasts and lucky gardeners are encouraged to take along any archaeological finds they may have to Mildenhall library next week.
Archaeologists from Suffolk County Council will be on hand to help identify finds brought to them.
There will also be an archaeological display at the library in Chestnut Close, to supplement the event, which is on Wednesday between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.
With the recent high profile Suffolk find of a medieval gold ring in a field in Mildenhall declared treasure at an inquest last month, it is hoped that the event will bring to light some interesting finds.

Excavation at site of Roman altars find in Maryport

Experts from Newcastle University are to begin excavating an internationally important Roman site in Cumbria.
The archaeological team is focusing on the site of a major discovery of Roman altars 141 years ago.
The site where the 17 altars were found now forms part of the Roman Maryport site at Camp Farm, which is owned by Hadrian's Wall Heritage.
It is hoped the dig, which will continue into July, will shed light on the nature of religion at the time.
Project leader, Prof Ian Haynes said: "The Maryport altars have been at the centre of international debate about the nature of religion in the Roman army for decades.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Hoxne Hoard finder meets pupils

THE man who discovered the largest collection of gold and silver coins of the fourth and fifth century found anywhere within the Roman Empire was at Hoxne St Edmunds Primary School this week.
Eric Lawes, who lives in Hoxne, brought his trusty metal detector to the school where he explained to Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from both Hoxne and Mendham Primary School what he did to find the Hoxne Hoard.
The pupils visited the British Museum in London last week where the hoard is now housed, so Mr Lawes’ talk coincided with that.
Mr Lawes made the discovery when Peter Whatling, the farmer who owned the land where the hoard was buried, had lost a hammer and asked his friend, Mr Lawes, a retired gardener and amateur metal detectorist, to help look for it.
Found on November 16, 1992, the hoard consists of 14,865 Roman gold, silver and bronze coins, and 200 items of silver tableware and gold jewellery

Win Lost Treasures of the Ancient World - Seven Wonders [DVD]

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Which one of these isn't mentioned in the Seven Wonders of the World?

a) Pyramids of Egypt
b) Hanging Gardens of Babylon
c) Eiffel Tower

Win Lost Treasures of the Ancient World - Seven Wonders [DVD]

Love history as much as us? This weeks competition you can win Lost Treasures of the Ancient World - Seven Wonders [DVD].

Just answer this simple question and send your name, address and Ancient in the title to

Which one of these isn't mentioned in the Seven Wonders of the World?

a) Pyramids of Egypt
b) Hanging Gardens of Babylon
c) Eiffel Tower

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Erotic Roman knife handle in Lincoln Museum

RUDE Roman relic unearthed in a Lincolnshire field is set to take pride of place in a city museum.

The unusual bronze knife handle depicts two men and a woman entwined in an erotic embrace with one of the men clasping a decapitated head to his chest.

It was unearthed in a farmer's field in Syston, near Grantham, by a metal detecting enthusiast in early 2008 and reported thro- ugh the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which allows members of the public to record archeological objects they have discovered.

Bought by The Collection in Lincoln for under £1,000, the saucy scene has already been displayed, but is now due to take centre stage as part of the museum's Roman section.


Friday, 27 May 2011

Stirling Castle's Amazon warrior revealed

THE discovery of the remains of an aristocratic Scottish "Amazon", killed in battle during the Wars of Independence, is set to rewrite the history books.
Her skeleton was among the remains of five "high status" individuals - all of whom had suffered violent deaths - found beneath the paved floor of the "lost" Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle.

The woman - simply known as "skeleton 539" - was a robust and muscular female, standing 5ft 4in tall. Archaeologists had previously suspected she had been a courtier at the Royal palace during the reign of Alexander 11. But detailed forensic tests have now shown that she was ruthlessly killed by a warhammer during one of the key conflicts during the Wars of Independence.

Runcorn dig uncovers medieval lion head

A bronze lion head dating from the 15th century has been found in Cheshire.
The artefact, believed to have been a hat badge, is among 80 items discovered by archaeologists at a building site near Runcorn.
Pottery dating back to the 13th century and footings of timber-framed houses have also been discovered at a site near Lodge Farm.
Archaeologists believe the items would have been owned by people living in the medieval village of Norton.
Jamie Quartermaine, from Oxford Archaeology North, who is leading the project, said: "This is almost the last surviving remains of the old medieval village of Norton on land that is beside the main thoroughfare of the village.

Joy as gold trinket is unearthed

He began metal detecting a couple of years ago, and the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard less than a mile away from David Ellis’s home boosted his excitement for his hobby.
And today the 47-year-old was celebrating a fascinating find of his own — an intricate piece of a gold necklace around 2,000-years-old he found on Staffordshire farm land. Yesterday it was declared treasure.

Read more: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/2011/05/27/joy-as-gold-trinket-is-unearthed/#ixzz1NYYlPsNt

27/05/2011 - Damage, Old Bolingbroke - Metal Detecting

27/05/2011 - Damage, Old Bolingbroke

Officers involved in ‘Op Totem’, an operation aimed at tackling ‘nighthawking’ practices in the Wolds, are currently investigating an incident at Bolingbroke Castle near Spilsby.

‘Nighthawking’ is the practice of metal detecting without the landowner’s permission for personal gain, an activity that has recently seen damage caused to farmers’ crops in the county.

On Tuesday 24 May, several areas of damage were discovered at the historical site in Old Bolingbroke. Eight large holes had been dug, each between 1 and 4 feet square, and it is believed these have been caused by metal detectorists.

Penny Ward from Heritage Lincolnshire, the organisation that manages Bolingbroke Castle on behalf of English Heritage, said, "Bolingbroke Castle is a Scheduled Monument and metal detecting is illegal on this site. Although the area targeted on this occasion is modern silt and therefore very unlikely to produce any valuable items, unlicensed and irresponsible metal detecting is a serious problem which can cause much damage to archaeological sites. When people remove artefacts without permission, they not only steal the physical item but also the knowledge that might have been gained from the object now or in the future".

Crime Prevention Officer, PC Nic Hanson, is keen to raise awareness about heritage crime and how it impacts on us all.

He said, “Nighthawking sounds like a very romantic activity but those who indulge in it are not Indiana Jones or Lara Croft figures; they are thieves and those who steal our national treasures from underground are no different to those who steal the lead from our church roofs. Whilst there are many principled people who enjoy metal detecting as a perfectly legitimate hobby, it is becoming apparent that there are others who view it as a lucrative means to fund a drug and criminal lifestyle".

Anyone who witnesses metal detector activity at Bolingbroke Castle is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300.


Footnote: Please scumbags, leave our great hobby of Metal Detecting alone.

Metal detection paves way for major dig

METAL-detecting volunteers were finishing their work on the Philiphaugh battle site near Selkirk last weekend.

Experts from Glasgow University’s Centre for Battlefield Archaeology – the only one in the world – return next month to carry out a geophysics survey.

Finds directly to do with the 17th century battle itself have been small and include musket balls, a stirrup and part of a cannister shot, though caches already recovered include more musket balls and metal buckles.

Around 30 people trained in metal detecting searched the site to help with the £30,000 archaeological development of the 1645 battlefield.


Thursday, 26 May 2011

Dry weather having devastating effect on crops!

Last month was the UK's warmest April on record, and so far May has also been unusually sunny and dry in the south of England.
But the un-seasonal weather is not good news for everyone.
Farmers in eastern parts of England say the lack of rain has had a devastating effect on their crops.
Mike Cartwright reports from Cambridgeshire.

Feel really sorry for our Farmer friends. Hope we get plenty of rain. Rain dance anybody!!

The ground is still very hard!

Well it has just started raining and wow do we need it. The ground is rock hard and the farmers needs a bit of juice and us metal detectorists too.

£800,000 in gold coins dug up in Hackney back yard

A LOST £800,000 hoard of gold coins is to be returned to the owner’s family 70 years after it was buried.
Martin Sulzbacher, a Jew, fled Germany in the 1930s to put the rare American coins in an English safe.
When he was interned as an “enemy alien”, he asked his brother, who lived in Hackney, East London, to bury the double eagle dollars to stop them being stolen in a Nazi ­invasion.

Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/04/30/800-000-in-gold-coins-dug-up-in-hackney-back-yard-115875-23095741/#ixzz1NSrW64i3

Area scoured for war finds

A FAMILY park looks more like an episode of Time Team this week as archaeology students explore its hidden history.
A field in Lydiard Park, which is usually packed with families enjoying picnics and children playing games, has been selected for the archaeological dig by students from Cranfield University’s Forensic Institute, as well as students from Swindon College and volunteers.
The group of 30 people are looking for evidence of the military camp that was established in the park during the Second World War and, despite being only half way through, have already unearthed more than they expected.

Saxon Gold Coins!!

Jealous doesn't even go close, to how I felt when I read about these two Metal Detectorist's who had found these two lovely gold coins. They really are top of the drawer coins.

On a three week trip to the UK, 2 of my crew find Saxon gold coins. coins are currently with the British Museum awaiting inquest and will probably be bought by the museum, Early estimates of value are 3 to 8 thousand pounds each. The finder and landowner will split the procedes.

There's medieval gold in them there hills: The stunning array of artefacts found by Britain's amateur archaeologists

Britain is bursting at the seams with ancient buried artefacts - with 250 pieces being found every single day.
A medieval gold ring, a Bronze Age gold bracelet and a set of gold dentures were just three of the 90,146 amateur archaeological discoveries made in 2010.
The British Museum said the 'massive jump' of reported findings by a third was 'testament to the tremendous success' of the government's Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1391119/Theres-medieval-gold-hills-The-stunning-array-artefacts-Britains-amateur-archaeologists.html#ixzz1NSbyMVfs

Public invited to tour archaeological dig in Cambridgeshire

A team of archaeologists from the University of Birmingham are set to share their work at the largest open area excavation to be undertaken at the medieval village of Longstanton, Cambridgeshire, with a public open day offering guided tours of the site.
Hosted by Birmingham Archaeology, part of the University’s Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, the open day is taking place on Thursday 26 May at the site in Longstanton and will provide visitors with a glimpse of the past history of the local area.

Fisher Metal Detecting Manual

I have had numerous requests lately for copies of old metal detecting manuals for Fisher. I am therefore only too happy to prove links to the following


You will find a comprehensive list of manuals


Fisher CZ-21 
Fisher 1280x


Fisher 1270 
Fisher CZ-3D 
Fisher Gemini 3

CZ-20 Underwater Detector
GoldStrike Gold Nugget Detector 
1212-X Turn On And Go Detectors
Coin Strike Target ID Detector 
1225-X Turn On And Go Detector
ID Excel Target ID Detector
ID Edge Target ID Detector

Some of nation’s top monuments under threat from criminals

HERITAGE chiefs have issued a stark warning that vandalism and rogue metal detecting are threatening the future of the nation’s most prized monuments.
English Heritage revealed yesterday that it is having to contend with scores of cases of criminal damage annually at its sites across the country, costing thousands of pounds in repairs each year.
Fears are growing that centuries-old monuments could be lost forever if offenders continue to target the sites in often remote parts of the country.
An English Heritage spokeswoman said: “Heritage crimes are criminal activities which can have a serious effect on neighbourhoods and society. Things like arson, graffiti and criminal damage scar beautiful buildings.
“Anti-social behaviour debases the places we live and enjoy visiting – theft and illegal metal detecting take away the physical evidence valuable to our understanding of the past.

Archaeology Volunteers uncover 'lost' castle!

A castle that was once one of the most important buildings in the North Pennines and the gateway to the Bishop of Durham’s great deer park of Stanhope, is now revealing its secrets after centuries as a forgotten ruin.
Fifty volunteers from the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s Altogether Archaeology and backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage are busy uncovering the ruins of Westgate Castle in Weardale.
From the 13th until the early 17th century, Westgate Castle served as the ‘west gate’ into the Bishop of Durham’s great deer park, and functioned as an administrative headquarters for the Bishop’s extensive estate encompassing the Old Forest of Weardale.


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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Chester Grosvenor Park dig hopes to uncover historic mansion house

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig under way in Chester’s Grosvenor Park may find previously unknown buildings associated with a great mansion house that was destroyed in the Civil War in the 17th century.
Experts from Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Historic Environment Team and University of Chester second year archaeology students may also find part of a Roman road to the nearby amphitheatre.
Simon Ward, principal archaeologist for Cheshire West and Chester Council and director of the dig, said: “It has been great to get back to digging with the students again.
“We are looking forward to a fruitful and exciting season expanding our knowledge of this interesting part of Chester close to the Roman Amphitheatre and Chester’s original cathedral St John’s Church.”

'Earliest' Bronze Age battle site containing 100 bodies found on German river bank

'Earliest' Bronze Age battle site containing 100 bodies found on German river bank

Fractured skulls and broken bones found on a German river bank could point to the earliest site of a Bronze Age battle ever discovered.
Archaeologists uncovered the remains of around 100 bodies in the Tollense Valley in northern Germany, suggesting brutal hand-to-hand combat between warring tribes.
Bones had been battered, skulls were fractured and one body has an arrowhead buried more than 2cm inside it.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1390036/Earliest-Bronze-Age-battle-site-containing-100-bodies-German-river-bank.html#ixzz1NM0S28wl

1906 ferry wreckage likely discovered off Seattle's Alki Point

Divers believe they have found the steamer Dix, which for more than 100 years has rested at the bottom of Puget Sound off Alki Point.
The Mosquito Fleet ferry collided with an Alaska freighter and sank in 500 feet of water in November 1906, killing as many as 45 people, "their bodies, in all probability, being imprisoned within the cabins of the steamer, 100 fathoms below the surface of the Sound," according to a Seattle Daily Times report the next day.
There are no plans to bring up the wreckage, or to explore the interior. Finding it was enough for diver Laura James, who had been searching for two decades.

Clean-up at former medieval hall site

The site in West Yorkshire of a former medieval hall and moat is to have modest improvement works ahead of a large bid for Lottery money.
Kirklees Council has decided to act to record and conserve the Grade II listed remains of Thornhill Hall, which date back to the 13th century.
The remains at Dewsbury are at further risk of degradation and the whole site is overgrown, dark and unattractive.
Water levels in the moat are so low as the sluice is leaking and there is rubbish and fallen branches in the moat.

Medieval fun day aims to care for the horses

TURN back the clock for a medieval tournament being held this Sunday, May 29, for charity.
This is the first of various events to be held at the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre, near Spilsby, to raise the much-needed funds to keep the facility going.
Centre manager Terena Bolam said: “Last year was a struggle, but I think this year is going to be much harder, especially as it is looking like hay is going to be hard to get hold of and more expensive.
“With 15 horses to feed, as well as the goats etc, it is crucial to the survival of the centre that we can make enough money to keep going for another year, and these events help with that.”
All the centre’s resident horses will be taking part in the costume parade, with the fitter of the heavy and lighter breeds of horses also taking part in the mounted skill at arms, which includes javelin throwing, lancing rings, cabbage cutting and the quintain, a shield to be hit at speed with a 12ft lance
There will also be gymnastics on horseback and archery demonstrations, musical dog display and, new for this year, medieval dancing.
Bouncy castle and games will keep people entertained, as well as the chance to have a go at archery.
Hot and cold food will be on sale too, so there are lots of things for a great day out.
Gates open 10.45am and the event ends at 3pm.
For more information or to have a stall, new items or car boot, contact Terena on 01754 830286 / 07899 815960

Medieval fair takes over village

For those who are interested in finding old items, you could do a lot worse than research were old fair sites have been situated in the past. There are actually books out there, which show villages were fairs have been. I know one particular site in Yorkshire, which was used for jousting in the past. The immense amount of finds were quite remarkable.

Just reading this news item. Thought it might interest a few. 

JOUSTING knights and fair queens took over a village centre as locals 
headed back in time to hold their medieval fair. 
The 41st annual Sedgefield Fair was organised by Sedgefield 
Community Association and it took place on Saturday, May 21. 
It attracts visitors to the County Durham village from miles around to  
enjoy all the fun and events.  
This year there were knights jousting on the village green and a 
ducking stool proved popular too.


Bures: Villagers look to buy medieval common

Reading online recently I came across this story. Now if there was ever a place I'd love to detect it would be on the grassland mentioned. The history surrounding that village must be immense.

People living in both parishes of Bures, which lies partly in Essex and partly in Suffolk as it sits on the River Stour, are hoping to raise enough money to buy back the ancient patch of grassland in the heart of the village.
The common is currently owned by a developer who has decided to sell it and the village’s two parish councils have been given the opportunity to work together and purchase it.
A working group has been set up and in the past two weeks its members have quickly been promised pledges of about £70,000 – still some way short of the target. Leigh Alston, village historian and a lecturer at Cambridge University, said he hoped enough people would realise how valuable an asset the common could be and would support the bid to buy it back.
He has even secured the support of Cambridge colleague and former Time Team expert Carenza Lewis, who was in Bures yesterday along with pupils from the village primary school. They were able to explore the common, fenced-off for decades, for the first time.
Mr Alston said: “We’re about £20,000 short, but we have got three weeks left to raise the rest.


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

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Ring find declared treasure

A NOVICE metal detector enthusiast said he “nearly fainted” when he unearthed a medieval gold ring near Lakenheath.

Steven Wright, 41, of Thetford, had only had the hobby for two years when he stumbled across the 15th century piece of jewellery.

And during an inquest in Bury St Edmunds yesterday, coroner Dr Peter Dean declared the ring treasure.

Speaking after the verdict, Mr Wright said: “I was metal detecting in a field about eight weeks ago when it went off. I dug down about three inches under the soil and there it was. I nearly fainted.


Iron Age gold coin hoard go on display in Ipswich

Ipswich Museum is trying to raise £300,000 to keep a hoard of Iron Age gold coins found in Suffolk three years ago in the county.

In total 840 coins were discovered by a metal detecting enthusiast near Wickham Market in 2008.

The Crown has lent some of them to the museum while it tries to raise the money to keep them.


Irish treasure hunter returns war badge to Vale

A LONG lost First World War medal has been returned to its family home in Oving after being found on a remote beach in Ireland.

It was picked up by keen treasure hunter Stephen Hunter, 28, who trawled through stacks of historical documents to finally trace it back to Edward Lewis Brunswick from the Aylesbury area, who died in 1975.

He was then able to find Edward’s son Roy, who is the oldest living ancestor of the war hero and was delighted to have the medal returned.

Roy, 86, said: “I knew nothing of it until just now but obviously I am very happy to get it back.