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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Metal detecting at the River Humber 1/11/14

It seems like an eternity since I last went metal detecting but I had my heart set on doing a bit of digging this weekend and had been looking forward to it all week. Still I could not be bothered to do the 40 mile

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Is context really everything?

So here we go again, the archaeo-bloggers are having a field day yet again with regards to what they are calling destruction of the archaeological record. I personally call it, sounding like a broken record.
How many times have we heard that context is everything and that unless it is properly studied by trained archaeologists it will be lost and we will never know how/why/when the item was buried/dropped/lost. It seems to be the main argument that archaeologists or should i say the anti-detecting portion of archaeologists use to try and call for restrictions and or regulation of our hobby.

So what is context? what knowledge can be gained by slowly and carefully digging around a urn full of roman coins for example. How can we find out why, when and by who these coins were lost for us to dig up hundreds of years later. What is it that archaeologists are looking for when they spends days digging a hoard out of the ground.

It has always been my thinking that when a hoard of coins was buried it was due to a reason such as the person with the hoard was under some kind of threat or danger and wanted to hide their wealth to stop it being taken. Now, surely anyone who is hiding their life savings would be doing so as quick as possible to reduce the risk of anybody seeing them. I cannot imagine they would have taken time to drop things in the hole to add as evidence for the archaeologists to dig up hundreds of years of later so that we can complete the archaeological record. So what else could context be? is it the soil type or what its made up of. If this is the case why not dig a pit two foot away from where the metal detectorists dug the urn full of coins and go to the same depth surely this will be the same untouched soil and the same information will be there.

I am not a trained archaeologist, in fact i know sod all about archaeology. I am a metal detectorist and as such have never been taught about context, so above are the conclusions i have come to by myself. I will quite happily concede that my own thoughts are rubbish if someone wants to comment on this blog post and correct me, someone who is trained and studies so called "context" on a daily basis. Because as far as I am concerned context is just an argument point that some use to try to drag metal detecting down.

I eagerly wait to be corrected.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Shock horror, metal detectorists find hoard!

Metal detectorists find a Roman coin hoard in a pot urn.
I want to start this blog post with a congratulations to the group above who unearthed an amazing Roman coin hoard during a club dig in the North East of England this weekend. A truly amazing, once in a lifetime find that is surely the envy of any metal detectorist who enjoys building the bigger picture of our history.

It seems however, probably unsurprisingly to anyone who keeps up with what the archaeo-bloggers say, that that this is a complete travesty and total loss of information. The apparent loss of context being the main concern of the critics. Whilst i personally would never have dug up this hoard due to the fact that after digging more than a foot i would have put it down to being deep large iron or possibly drainage pipes, these guys carried on to a depth of around 3 foot to reach the coin filled urn.

It is said that we should not dig below the plough level because we are digging into undisturbed soil but this is down to personal choice and what you decide is responsible and ethical in your approach to metal detecting. If I had one gripe with how this dig was handled it would be that the FLO and archaeologists where not on site to dig up the hoard once it was realised that it was indeed a hoard. Considering it was a Sunday and there were quite possibly non prepared to go to the site on a Sunday, the guys did a really good job of digging the urn out the ground. It does appear to be pretty complete and undamaged by the metal detectorists so in my mind given the circumstances they have made a good job of what could potentially turned into a bad situation.

I know Paul Barford is doing his utmost to slate and cause a scene with a bombardment of blog posts aimed at turning this discovery into yet another outcry calling for regulation to our hobby. The chances of this hoard being discovered randomly by archaeologists was slim to non and now that the archaeologists know the find spot (thanks to the metal detectorists) they will be able to study the site in greater detail to uncover more of it's history.

I wish the guys the greatest of luck with the treasure process and that they don't take the negative comments that are already showing to heart to much.

Happy hunting

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Metal detecting at Filey beach 20-09-14

Yesterday was the day, the day I finally managed to dust off the metal detector and head down to the beach for a few hours. Weapon of choice was the C scope cs4pi metal detector which is a pulse induction metal detector and as such has no trouble punching through the mineralised wet sand. 

It had been a while since i had last detected so first off i took a walk along the seafront looking for any low points or gulley's in the sand, unfortunately the beach looked pretty flat in all areas. I settled for an area that i had done well with last years winter an area that had produced plenty of pre-decimal coinage and also a gold ring for me. 

After digging a few test holes i managed to find an area that was only 8-10 inches above the clay layer which is well withing the cs4pi's reach. As always with Filey beach there was a lot of shrapnel and other military odds and ends to be found, i personally only keep the bullet casings that are in good condition such as the two in the photo that date 1941 and 1943 so during ww2.

I managed quite a few pre-decimals including viccy penny's and some ship half penny's, also i found a florin and a shilling. Unfortunately most of the coins are very worn but dates can just be seen which is always nice.
some finds made while metal detecting
The mornings metal detecting finds.
Along with the other items found where various buttons, a watch bezel and what i think is possibly part of a pocket watch and also a toy lead revolver.

To prove how capable the c scope cs4pi metal detector is, I found the small bullet casing which i believe to be from a .22 round at a depth of 9 inches from very wet and salty sand. I really recommend it to anyone who is going to do the majority of their metal detecting on the beach.

Now onto my favourite find of the day and also one i wouldn't mind some help in identifying.
The coin below was found in an area which has a wooden groyne protruding out of the sand. I believe this area of the beach was used as an area to dock ships as it seems to throw up a concentrated abundance of pre-decimal coins ranging from around 1700-1830, so it is my guess that this coin was dropped by a well travelled sailor.

What I want to know is where the coin is from if you lot can help, all i can make out on the coin is Republic, Ruana and a date of 1863 on the other side of the coin its says Un Centavo. I am not sure why but i have a strange feeling it is possibly south American in origin but any help identifying it would be very much appreciated.

It obviously meant a lot to whoever lost it as it has been holed to make into a necklace or some other jewelry. 

A picture of an unknown coin found while metal detecting
Unknown coin found with metal detector.

A picture of an unknown coin that was found whilst metal detecting
Unknown coin found with metal detector.
All in all it was a very enjoyable few hours and it has relighted my love of metal detecting, i cant wait to get back down there.

Thanks for reading and happy hunting!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Two trips to the beach metal detecting.

As mentioned in a previous blog post i have bought a new Cscope cs4pi metal detector so I'm back out on the beaches now metal detecting after a few months away from the hobby.

So far i have done a couple of 3 hour

My take on the metal detecting muppet YouTube video.

I have not blogged for a while, mainly due to the fact I have not been metal detecting for the last few months. However I am back up and running after purchasing a new pulse induction machine for

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Keeping on the nighthawk theme

I used to quite regularly scan the news for metal detecting articles that I could use to write about on this blog. Lately however I have been slacking and have not bothered to see what

Thursday, 29 May 2014

How to eradicate "nighthawks" from metal detecting.

They are the burden of every responsible detectorist who tries to go about this hobby in a ethical and controlled way. With morals set as low as a snakes belly it seems nothing will get in the way of their desire to score valuable artefacts

Monday, 26 May 2014

XP Deus metal detector review

a picture of a XP deus metal detector

XP Deus metal detector review submitted by Terry W - Bedford.

I have owned the XP Deus metal detector for around three months now, my main reason for purchasing this

Garrett ace 250 metal detector review

a picture of a garrett ace 250 metal detector

Garrett ace 250 metal detector review submitted by Andy B

The Garrett Ace 250 metal detector is probably the most popular entry level metal detector of all time, the vast majority of detectorists have owned one of these or have had a go with one. The retail price for this

Whites mxt 300 metal detector review

A picture of a whites mxt 300 metal detector

A review of the whites mxt 300 metal detector by

Treasure hunting can not only be a fun hobby, but also a profitable one. If this is a hobby that may have some appeal, getting the right equipment is essential. However when starting with a new hobby you don’t need to go out and spend $1000+

Garrett pro pointer metal detector review

A picture of a garrett pro pointer metal detector

A pro pointer is one of them items that at first many who start metal detecting over look. It's not until you have spent half of your metal detecting time trying to locate a find in the bottom of a hole that you realise there must be something that can make find

Friday, 23 May 2014

Falling out of love with metal detecting.

I seem to be losing interest in metal detecting recently. I seem to have no time for the hobby and when I do get the chance for an hour or so I seem to always choose to do something else

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Its time I got back on the permission hunt.

As I sit looking out the window the window I am surrounded by acres and acres of arable farm land, yet I don't have one square foot that I can metal detect on.

The River Humber has just started its yearly silt which makes it almost impossible

Monday, 21 April 2014

A trip to Skipsea castle.

Today we went for a trip to Skipsea castle which is only around 15 miles from home. Skipsea is a very small village/hamlet around 10 miles from Bridlington and 5 miles from Hornsea on the

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The apparent lack of responsible metal detecting information on the forums.

Still angry about being booted off the uk and European metal detecting forum for basically expressing a non offensive opinion outside of the forum, I set to work on finding more proof  of cover ups, silencing

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Please be aware there is a loony on the loose again.

Just a quick note to all blog owners. I have received some comments which I have not posted for obvious reasons from someone who is claiming to be me. I'm unsure why the impersonator would try to post his/her comments on the blog of the person they are impersonating but not everyone I guess if your sad enough to go around

Strange traffic on the metal detecting blog.

There has been a lot of unusual traffic circulating around this blog today. All of which seems to be heading for these two blog

whats everyone's vews on a new metal detecting forum?

Stating a new metal detecting forum is an idea I have been toying with for a while now and after yesterday I'm almost certain I want to give it a go.

I want to get a general feel for the idea from everyone. I am planning for it to be a responsible detectorists forum but how I ensure that the members are is a stumbling point for me so far. I want it to be a forum

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Why are you not reporting your metal detecting finds?

Today weather has been pretty unfavourable for planning to do anything outdoors. After spending most of the morning inside the house, painting the bathroom and that sort of thing, I decided I had had enough of being indoors.

So we decided we would go get some fresh air by going for a nice walk while the weather was holding

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Trouble posting comments on this blog?!

Hi I have been notified that people are having trouble posting comments on this blog. Could you let me know if your having trouble and what it seems to be doing. Is there a message displayed that lists an error or anything?


Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Has hobby metal detecting been damaged?!

The tv programme "nazi war diggers" was pulled indefinitely yesterday, which I for one believe is morally a blessing and also important damage limitation for metal detecting as a hobby.

However, even though

New metal detecting blog sitemap added

For anyone who is interested I have created a html sitemap for you readers benefit. If you click on the sitemap link down the right hand side column under pages you it will take you to a standalone page that has all my blog posts so you dont have to traipse through the older posts button to find what you're looking for.

Check it out when you get a minute

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Metal detecting on the beach

Metal detecting on the beach or as it is sometimes known beachcombing is by far one of my favourite ways to metal detect.  I have always lived within a few miles of the sea so to not go beach metal detecting when I'm a

A few confessions of a metal detectorist.

A comment made today by an anonymous poster who was only trying to cause trouble because of my stance on the nazi war diggers show, got me thinking about my past metal detecting. I have quoted the

A note to the anonymous trouble maker.

It seems me and Steve from I-go-detecting have both receiving comments published by possibly the same anonymous poster.

I think its a bit to much of a coincidence that this came literally hours after nat geo decided to indefinitely pull nazi war diggers,  not that im pointing any fingers

Monday, 31 March 2014

Where is this metal detecting blog going?

When I started this metal detecting blog I wasn't expecting much from it, I didn't think anyone would bother to read it if in totally honest.  Its now been nearly two months although it feels like a hell of a lot longer.

Sunday, 30 March 2014

I had a nice day metal detecting today

I mamaged to get out metal detecting today for around 5 hours in the sun. I headed to the usual spot of Hessle foreshore under the Humber Bridge.  Unfortunately there was nothing old and nothing gold to be had there today however I did find a few quid in modern change that will have been thrown off the bridge.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Its in the press.

For anyone who is interested The New York Times has picked up on the Nazi war diggers story. The link is here, I now believe its to late to salvage anything from all of this. I really hope lessons have been learnt.

Will they do the right thing for metal detecting?

Is it to late for the producers of Nazi war diggers to pull the plug on this sinking ship and let it sink without trace? There is so much at stake right now now because of this programme.

Firstly the reputation of metal detectorists across the land are going to be tainted, its obvious joe public will see the programme and think we are all the same.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

I think I may have committed metal detecting blog suicide.

Since I wrote a critical blog post last night about the new upcoming metal detecting tv show Nazi war diggers it seems no one wants to visit this blog any more. Normally by this time on any given day I would have around 150 visits\views today I have had 12 and one comment telling me to keep my opinions to myself.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Metal detecting, fame and fortune but at what moral cost ?

I'm not going to beat around the bush with this one, I don't like it one bit.

Sometime in the coming month or so there will be a new metal detecting TV series horribly named "Nazi war diggers".  The programme will be focusing on two UK metal detectorists and a collector who have travelled to eastern Europe searching on grounds that staged a vicious war and left millions dead.

Im back blogging.

I was contacted numerous times by email yesterday and last night and persuaded to keep this blog running.  After a bit of though and a good sleep I have decided that is what I will do that whilst still doing my other projects.  However there may not be as many blog posts as usual.


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

It is with great regret.....

Just a quick post really to explain that I am leaving this blog.  It has been a good couple of months but I have a few blogging pojects I want to focus on, I believe this blog only had a limited time scale that it could operate due to the nature of the debate and posts.

I will leave it running for anyones reference and incase I have a change of mind at a future date.

I would like to thank all the readers and contributers and even Paul and Nigel for giving me things to blog about.

chow for now folks.



Saturday, 22 March 2014

What have we learnt from all of this ?

After the recent cross blog debates I think there have been a few valuable lessons to be learnt. We were challenged by Paul Barford to question the members of the bajr archaeology forum on the subject of if metal detector is at are adding or subtracting to the historical record by removing metallic finds from the topsoil layer of a site.

Friday, 21 March 2014

Finally, the answer to the question! well done Steve

Well over the last couple of days there has been some debating going on between the blogs.

This all started over Paul Barford and friends saying that detectorists are destroying the historical record by digging finds from out of the topsoil of a site.

A frequent commentator on this blog known as Steve stepped up by saying that we actually help the historical record by finding and recording such items from these areas because when archaeologists do a dig they scrape up to 50cm of topsoil away (that's a lot deep than any of our metal detectors go) and then put it in a spoils heap and carry on.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

I have just bought my first archaeology book, wish me luck.

I have just bought my first archaeology book. I have chose Field archaeology,  an introduction by Peter Drewett.

For reasons unbeknownst I do not like reading real books (made of actual paper) I much prefer reading on my phone or tablet so I bought it as an electronic book from the Android play store.  Not only is it easier to read anywhere anytime it was also 7 quid cheaper than the paper book price on amazon.

This should keep me busy for a little while.

Just to clear things up. Impersonation alert ( new update)

A recent blog post by Paul Barford located here is suggesting that a regular commentator on this blog named Steve is actually the person who has been impersonating me on various blogs.

I asked Paul to send proof of his claim to save me having to download ip tracking software but he declined in his usual unhelpful way.

so I have downloaded the software and will check it out myself.

Im unsure why anyone would want to impersonate me in the first place which I find very weird. There are some odd people out there though.


After a re-read of Pauls post it appears he is trying to imply to his readers that the impersonator of his blog and the person impersonating  me is actually me. I just want to assure the readers here that this is not the case as Paul full well knows as he will have my ip address. These are very underhand tactics he is using to ruin my good name.

Next update

Paul has revealed the ip he believes is that of the person who is impersonating himself and me.

I have checked the ip against yesterdays full list of visitors and it matches none of them. So I think that totally rules out Steve and any other commenter here. I have let Paul know but he will not post the comment I sent him to his post about Steve.  Which I guess shows Paul has an agenda against Steve.  Which would come as no suprise considering the nature of Steves comments on this blog

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Metal detecting and the bigger picture UPDATE

As an avid metal detectorist I like to pride myself on doing everything right when I'm out enjoying my hobby. No matter what Mr Barford and his pal say due to what is said and discussed on my blog about their trouble causing ways, I always go above and beyond the required amount when metal detecting.

I pride myself on doing my best to record the items I find to help paint as big a picture as possible of our country's past and I also carry out my own personal research into the items I find, its part and parcel of this great hobby.

I do the best I can do, maybe I don't abide by the rules that Nigel Swift thinks should be made but who in their right mind would? The man is relentless in being a killjoy.

I do everything I'm required to by law, I follow the code of conduct and record all finds. I also research, record and document my finds for future defence and because that is what I enjoy doing.

When out detecting I am always polite and approachable to the members of public who show interest in what it is I am doing. The amount of people who show genuine interest in the hobby never ceases to amaze me.

I personally feel that I am a responsible metal detectorist and conduct metal detecting in a great and beneficial way.

I am sure there are many many more people who use a metal detector and go about it the same way that I do.

I just though I had best make this post as it seems while I have been away Paul Barford has tried yet again to make me out to be a bad person and a lousy detectorist.


it seems Paul Barford has picked up on this post here as expected. He tries to make a point that everything is spear headed at him and Nigel for speaking out for the masses,  boo hoo.

Half the point I was making was that I have  spoke to hundreds of  members of the public whilst out and they love what im doing and show nothing but interest.  Sso yes it's spear headed at you two because you two are pretty much the only people who act like this

Thursday, 6 March 2014

New responsible detectorist on the scene.

Just a quick post to say welcome to a new detectorist who has started a responsible detecting blog.

I wish detectorbloke all the best with his blogging journey and i look forward to hear what he has to say.

His blog can be found here

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Would you buy the ultimate metal detector.

I was thinking earlier today about the massive advances in the technology of metal detecting,  even in the short years I have been practising the hobby.

I am sure it wont be long until one of the major manufacturers develops a detector that is 100% accurate with what is under the coil.

My question to you lot is would you purchase it ? Would you like a detector that tells you exactly what you have found before you even dig ? I personally wouldn't want one for various reasons. The main reasons being it would spoil the suprise and also it would make detecting very selective.

What do you lot think ?

Monday, 3 March 2014

I have took the day off work.

I took a holiday day off work today and decided to have a reconnaissance mission to my local stomping ground.  The weather here today is beautiful  bright sunshine and no wind what a difference a day makes!

I have left my draper shortie at home so if im going to dig its either a 15 mile trip back home or I go and buy a new one from b&q 2 minutes down the road. For now though im just happy being sat here watching the river go by.

If I dig I will post the results later.


Sunday, 2 March 2014

I didn't get out.

Well I promised myself I would get out detecting this weekend, yet again it just didn't happen.

Yesterdays weather was perfect for it but I ended up at the cinema with my Mrs and the daughter.  Today's weather was not so favourable but it didn't matter any way as I ended up going for a very long and painful bike ride with the Mrs. After that I somehow ended up in b&q looking for new down stairs doors.

Oh well maybe next weekend.  Hope everyone else got out and made some good finds.


I'm being impersonated.

Just a quick post for all blog holders that are linked to my blog.

I have been informed that some sad act has impersonated my google account and is posting threats and very nasty comments under my name.

If you receive a comment like this from someone called Andy Baines please let me know.

I'm not happy about this situation.


Saturday, 1 March 2014

A round up of the Sweetman hoard events.

The sweetman hoard really caused a major uproar in the press, forums and blogs.  In fact for the last week I dont think I have read anything detector related that hasnt hasn't been linked to it.

The way it was handled has seen huge criticism from varying party's including a bit from myself.

However when we break down the events and think over everything we have seen and heard it Is clear to see every metal detectorist can learn from it. The guys responsible for the finds have already taken steps to ensure that if another find of this magnitude is found again it will be dealt with in a better way.

Now isnt that what life is about ? Muddling our way through and learning lessons from our mistakes. No one gets everything right always and there will always be others that criticise other people's actions.

Do I blame the finders in anyway?  No. They did their best in the circumstances and have now seeked help in case they should find themselves in that situation again.

Thanks for bringing such a nice hoard to the publics attention

Friday, 28 February 2014

I need some feedback from you lovely lot please.

Hi all. I have been pondering over the idea of maybe integrating a metal detector review area on this blog.

Unfortunately I can only review the machines I have or had before.

So this is where you lot come in. There are quite a few readers of this blog but only half a dozen comment makers so I was wondering if you lot think its a good idea or not and also a
show of hands to say who would be willing to write a review of detectors you have used.

im a true technophobe so I don't want to spend my life setting it up if its going to be unused and.

Let me know


Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Grandad pulls grenade from the hole.

Just a warning to take care when out detecting.  A grandad and his grandchildren were having a day out metal detecting in a Devon field recently. Upon getting a good signal he dug down and thought there was an old silver ring in the hole. As he pulled the ring he realised it was attached to another object.

After a quick inspection he realised he was holding a live hand grenade in his hand. The full story can be read here

I think there are a couple of lessons to be learnt here the first is be extra vigilant if the site has the slightest evidence that munitions could be there.  Secondly do not take you children/grandchildren to a site where munitions could be buried.

No find is ever worth losing a hand, leg or life over.

keep safe

Check your change.

I have just read an article about the Kew Gardens 50p coin. Apparently they are selling on ebay for up to £120 !

Im a little gutted about this as I remember digging up a 50p coin on filey beach last spring which had that design on. Unfortunately any of the larger coin change I find ends up in a tesco self service machine so there is no chance of me getting £120 for the one I found, Doh!!

So check your 50p's before you make the same mistake as me.

Here is a link to the article

C scope cs4pi metal detector review.

A picture of a c scope cs4pi metal detector
This is now an old and outdated review. If you would like to read the new and up to date review on my new website please check out this link Cscope CS4pi metal detector review

C scope cs4pi metal detector review submitted by Andy B

 The C scope cs4pi is a pulse induction metal detector that is at the lower end of the budget at around £260 brand new. It is available from most of the major UK metal detector stockists.

C scope are a UK manufacturer with a customer service that is second to none. If you have a problem with your detector a quick phone call will find your problem resolved in no time.

The C scope cs4pi is a detector that is so easy to set up. Out of the box it is very easy to put together and shares the same control box and stem as the cs3mxi.  Using this metal detector is also very simple as the are only two dials to set.

 First off it needs turning on which you do by rotating the left sensitivity knob clockwise. Keep turning it until the detector is stable and not chattering which should be in the green area. Next up rotate the right hand side pulse frequency knob also into the green area, I personally find that if you adjust it from just after the mediun tone until it just gets into the high pitch tone as this seems to be more sensitive to gold rings. Well that's it your now set up and ready to go.

I found after a good few hours use you could start to tell when a target is iron as the tone is very deep and scratchy. Also coins seem to make a noise that is a lot smoother and quieter and as strange as it sounds an almost like fizzing noise. I have had viccy penny's at a depth of around 15 inches on wet sand with this detector which is more than enough as the holes tend to fall in on themselves. The only drawbacks of this detector is its not got any discrimination like all other pi detectors. Also it is not waterproof which for a machine that has a main use on the beach is quite a downside. To sum it up if you mind digging every signal from very deep then the 4pi is a cheap way to get into beach detecting. It is not affected by mineralisation or other factors like wet black sand. Although they have a tendency to like red house bricks.

I highly recommend the C scope cs4pi metal detector if you are serious about metal detecting on the beach, unfortunately you will really struggle to use it on land due to the fact there is no discrimination at all.

C scope cs4pi metal detector review, submitted by Paul T, Blackpool.

I bought my C scope cs4pi metal detector to use as my primary beach metal detector as my Minelab x-terra 305 was terrible at hunting on the wet sand, which when you live at Blackpool is not a good thing.

My first few trips out with this metal detector were an absolute nightmare, all I seemed to did was iron and by the ton! However after a good few hours of use under my belt I started to be able to tell the difference between an iron signal and a signal that I would want to dig.

Coins seem to make a sharp buzzing sound that can be quite faint and quiet so its very important to use with a decent set of headphones so you don't miss any of the good signals. Iron makes a really loud sound and it unmistakable once you learn it.

I hardly ever dig iron now and dig coins by the bucket load. So far I have only managed to dig one piece of gold, a nice 18ct wedding band, but you to walk over it to find it I guess. I know that I wont be changing the C scope cs4pi metal detector any time soon as its a great beach machine that does everything I need it too.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Hoping too get out detecting this weekend.

Hopefully I might get out detecting this weekend if the weather stays good.

Im still not sure where to go, I have no land permissions so it will either be the Humber foreshore or along the East coast somewhere.

my home built pulse induction detector is 90% complete so it would be nice to test that on the beach at possibly Filey or Scarborough.  During air tests with my home made 13 inch coil it was detecting a thin gold ring at 10 inches which im sure will increase with the help of some wet sand.

Is anyone else out detecting this weekend?

Monday, 24 February 2014

c scope cs3mxi review

A picture of a c scope cs3mxi metal detector

C scope cs3mxi metal detector review by Andy B

The C scope cs3mxi is another entry level metal detector, this time though it is a home-grown UK metal detector. C scope are renowned for their excellent and second to none customer care, in fact when I had this metal detector the coil developed a fault after around 4 months, possibly due to me being to rough around rape seed stalks. A quick call to C scope had me a brand new coil delivered only two days later, no questions asked and I didn't even have to return the faulty coil.

The C scope cs3mxi can be purchased brand new for around £260 from many of the main metal detector stockists. At this price though it is already around £70 more than its rival entry level detectors such as the Garrett and Teknetics models which means it needs to make up for things in its performance.

Out of the box the C scope cs3mxi metal detector is very simple to put together by following the easy to understand instruction manual. It is quite light and feels well put together.

This metal detector is so easy to operate and perfect for the beginner metal detectorist. The detector is operated by two dials and one pinpoint button so it is very much a switch on and go machine.

The left hand side dial operates the on/off function and also sets the sensitivity that is run, it is best to run the sensitivity in the designated green area as any more than this and it can cause the detector to start acting erratic  with false signals.

The dial on the right controls the discrimination settings, I found it was best to keep the discrimination just before number four as this means it ignores most iron but does not miss any of the goodies.

The last control is the pinpoint button. By pressing this button the machine switches to a non motion detector and the closer the sweet spot on the coil is to the find the louder and higher pitched the sound gets. The pinpoint feature is also very accurate and I could guarantee would be dead centre of the coil inside the centre polo hole.

The C scope cs3mxi is a great metal detector, it may not be massively deep but it makes up for this with its great discrimination and lightening fast recovery speeds.   It is also very easy to use and makes an excellent first metal detector or even a great back up metal detector for the more experienced user. When I had mine I had no problem finding hammered silver coins and gold rings.

C scope cs3mxi metal detector review submitted by Darren S.

The C scope cs3mxi metal detector is the first metal detector I have owned. I bought it based on its simple and easy to use set up as I didn't want to get swamped in settings and adjustments such as the ones found on many metal detectors available.

So far I have found it to be a great little machine which has had no problem finding me all sorts of coins and artefacts. I have noticed though that most of my coin finds are in the top six inches of the soil, I am not sure if this is down to the depth of the machine or if I just have not come across a deeper one yet.

The only other minus side to the C scope cs3mxi that I have come across is that it seems to love iron. Even with the discrimination set as high as possible without it ignoring the good stuff I still manage to dig a good load of iron. I am not to bothered though as it means I wont miss anything good which can happen if you ignore some of the scratchy iron signals.

Overall I am very impressed so far with this metal detector and i would really recommend it to anyone who is just getting in to the hobby, maybe not the experienced detectorist though as it really is basic in its set up.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

nice finds but you have destroyed that site.....

I was just checking news on metal detecting looking for some inspiration for a new blog post when I stumbled upon this article from Kent,  England.

The first thing I noticed was the beauty of the finds, I have never dug a find that is Anglo-saxon. To see those fittings and broaches with enanal still on them is pretty amazing.

And then it hits you.... look at the state of the site now. It looks as though a jcb has gone wild. The context of that find has been destroyed,  if it was a burial site its been decimated now.

I wonder if at any point one of the detectorists there thought maybe we should ring the flo to get some advice before we cause any more damage?  Im guessing not.

At the end of the day they are well within the law and their rights to do what they did. But surely comman sense dictates that they should have seeked professional guidance wheb they realised what they were onto.

Side note- This is not ethical detecting.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Garrett ATX is it worth it ?

All metal detector reviews have been moved to my new site which can be reached by clicking this link or using this url

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Treasure act reform.

Earlier on today a comment was posted by Paul Barford on this blog stating that I had not authorised a comment he had sent to me about his views of and thoughts and of a treasure act reform.  This was not the case as I always publish every comment unless it has bad language.  It seems the comment has been lost in the blogosphere somewhere.

So I am inviting Paul to type it up again and post it in this new topic if he has the time as I for one am very interested in what he has to say on the subject.

Maybe for once a decent discussion could come of it ?!

Monday, 17 February 2014

Paul Barford and Nigel Swift working against their targets.

Paul  Barford and Nigel Swift both have decent blogs with plenty of readers.  They both have good content with quite a few interesting articles.

The both appear to want the same thing, a more governed, ethical and above all a more responsible approach to metal detecting.

Now that's all fine and dandy, its a view a lot of detectorists have too im sure (me included). So I have to pose the question, why do they both choose to operate in a manner that is counter proactive?

You only have too trawl their respective blogs for a few seconds to find that they have been cutting and pasting information and conversations from other blogs and metal detecting forums. They then take time to dissect these sentences and try to make it show the poster in the worst possible light.

So how does this help anyone or anything?  Well the answer is it doesn't.  It gains them more readers and followers but does not help the causes they shout out about one bit.

If they tried interacting with metal detectorists and gave their views and worries in a way that doesn’t include calling metal detectorists thick or slack jaws or whatever other put downs they think of then maybe people would start listening.  Untill then im sure you will both just keep the label of trolls.

Which is unfair as im sure you could have some good input.

I look forward to seeing this post cut and shut on your blogs shortly

Sunday, 16 February 2014

night hawks do not exist, apparently

Paul has done me the honour of giving me another five minutes of fame on his blog, see here. This time it refers to my blog post today of permission refusals.

I will be honest I do know know what the man is talking about. I dont know if he Is accusing me of being a liar or if he Is saying that the oxford study is false.

He appears to think night hawking is not as big a problem as it is in the metal detecting andffarming community.  I find this a strange conclusion to come to given I don't believe he has any first hand experience of knocking on doors for permission.

He has however read a study by some Oxford academics. Well case closed then I must have imagined being refused by just under half the local East Yorkshire farms I have visited in person. I must also have made up their reasons being due to night hawk activity.

permission hunt results......

Well I was up early doors today with high expectations of maybe securing a land based permission.  Im not one to sit at the computer researching and looking for specific history rich land most of my joy for metal detecting is just being out in the open and fresh air with some quality time to just walk around and have some thinking time. A good find for me is just a bonus.

So with that it was literally just a matter of getting in the car and driving and stopping at any farm I passed.

the first farm was daunting, there is always a feeling of unease in the pit of my stomach, the fear of rejection I guess. Anyway after knocking on the door and waiting a minute no one answered, not a great start but farmers are busy people.

The second and third farms I dropped in on were straight no's and the muttering of people going on their land without permission before.  Permission searching really opens your eyes to how huge a problem night hawking really is, it seems nearly every farmer has a story too tell. I do take pity on them, I know I wouldn't be happy to wake up one morning to find someone has left holes in my back garden,  but its by far a bigger deal for them as its their livelihoods that are affected.

Back on track I went to the fourth farm. The farmer was an old gent in typical farmer wear. Ididnt hold much hope. However he took interest in what I said, he even went as far as saying he wants to have a look at the PAS system. Unfortunately it was still a no as all his fields were seeded however he said to pop back at harvest season and he might have a small area for me to cover. I thanked him and got back on the road. Will it turn into a permission or was he just humouring me ? I dont know but there is hope now.

The last too farmers were pleasant but they both gave definitive no answers which is fair enough its their land.

So for now it looks like it back to the murky foreshore but maybe im the summer things will be different

Saturday, 15 February 2014

The permission trail

Its time to get back on the permission hunt tomorrow.  Detecting the Humber is good and there is plenty of targets to dig but it is very messy back breaking work. The beach is out of bounds for me at the moment as I sold my c scope 4pi to fund a new bedroom carpet.

So tomorrow I plan on a little bit of door knocking to see whats available if anything.  It has been a while since I last gabe gave it a go as there is only so much rejection I can take in one sitting.

I will post how I get on

happy hunting

Finally got out detecting.

Well I managed to squeeze in a couple of hours today at my favourite foreshore under the Humber bridge. It was horrible weather with the wind blasting straight off the cold river.

The settings used on my teknetics eurotek pro were sensitivity 7, zero discrimination but iron audio 10 .

I focused on the area under the bridge due to it being full of modern coinage tossed over the bridge and the chance of gold and silver rings from relationship breakdowns. Plenty of digging to keep me warm.

the finds were all modern with loads of small change.  I also managed to find a couple of older style 10p and 50p coins and also a 1960 1 franc.

Other finds were too door keys and dog tags, a few bits of rubbish cleaned off the foreshore . My personal favourite find wad the matchbox fighter jet. Under the wing its stamped with a date of 1977. A shame its in the condition it is but I suppose that happens when something has been in the Humber for possibly over 35 years.

It was nice to be out for the first In months.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Is collecting wrong ?

Both Paul Barford and Nigel Swift appear to be very negative to the thought of artefact collecting. I personally have never really found a great deal, maybe due to the vast majority of my detecting being conducted on the beaches and foreshores of the east coast.

I do however have two hammered coins that I found during my first few months detecting,  a james 1st shilling and an Edward v1 shilling. I also have a few copper coins ranging from George 11 and a couple of livery buttons and military buttons. The majority of my finds have been recent loss coinage and recent loss jewellery.

I just wondered really what everyone's opinion is on the subject of collecting coins and artefact you find ?

PAS, treasure and code of conduct.

It has just occurred to me that here could be a good place to give our the much needed information to all new detectorists, readers considering it and also for some of the more veteran detectorists to refresh themselves with the rules and codes.

I know when I first started and until I joined an Internet metal detecting forum I had never heard of PAS, the code of conduct and the treasure act 1996. There seems to be a worryinglack of iinformation for new detectorists unless they go searching for it, but if you dont know about it then its hard to search for.

So here are three sites you need to take a look at before you start your adventures.

PAS database and info

treasure act 1996

detectorists code of conduct

please take time to read and absorb all the information that is there. These are essentials and without them you cannot start being an ethical detectorist

happy hunting

would changes incorporating the scottish treasure trove system beneft us

I have been sent a post to publish by the anonymous reader KPVW unfortunately it was posted in a post from yesterday.  So since it is a good valid question I have set up a new post and will quote his message below

"Andy Just to get things back on track, what would your own personal views be on an change in the current Treasure Act legislation to something similar to the Scottish Treasure act? I know Nigel Swifts ethical metal detecting pledges but think a lot of those are to far reaching at this time and also those pledges seem to have had no input from detectorists themselves. KPVW "

Before I start here  is a link to the treasure trove information page so everyone can have a read up.

I believe the Scottish treasue system is great. I think it has many concepts in it that we could incorporate into our system. For a start the fact that all coins that were issued in 1707 and before have to be reported something unheard of in our treasure system.

I also like the way newer items can be also deemed treasure if it is of historical importance to the nation's past.

Non precious metal finds being recorded as treasure here in England is very rare where as in Scotland many finds have been declared treasure for there importance in history instead of the metal they were made from.

We could definitely benefit by implementing some of the treasure trove ideas and coupling it up with our own pas system.

Thanks for the post KPVW

please let me know all of your  thoughts

The recent storms.

Britain has been relentlessly battered by heavy storms for the last couple of months. The storms have brought devastation to many communities around the UK.

I really hope the people effected by any of the weather we have been experiencing manage to rebuild their lives and my heart goes out to the families who have had their homes flooded.

Despite all the devastation there have been many exciting discoveries around the coasts due to the sands being shifted by the winds and rough seas.

For example in Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast  the sands washed away to reveal the oldest human footprints found in Europe. The interesting story is available by clicking here

I was also paticularly interested in the article about two cannons believed to have been used during the napoleonic war. The link to this article is here

I wonder if anymore fascinating finds will come to light after the storm on last Wednesday.

let me know if any off you have found anything interesting uncovered by the storms

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Artefacts on ebay

I know many of you are going too tell me to butt out, but im going to say it anyway.

A quick search of ebay uk with the keywords metal detector finds bring up hundreds of listings of detector found items, many of them are uncleaned and look like they were dug that day.

Now we all say its not about the money its about the history, and lets be fair half these items are the more mundane finds and only sell for a couple of quid.

How about we start making changes why not instead take your unwanted finds to your local flo or museum and see if you can donate them.

do your bit for history

Heritage Actions phoney artefact erosion counter.

I feel its about time I wrote about the above subject. Heritage action have an artefact erosion counter shown Here.

It is obvious that some corrupt metal detectorists will dig up artefacts and either not report them or record them. However this counter is a load of tosh. First of all how was it decided how quickly the counter would tick when they themselves admit that what happens on a field is a secret.

Secondly can you prove its accurate by naming any single one item and the date and time it was dug out the ground? You know, one of the items you have counted?

Third reason, I just checked the erosion counter. Its still there ticking away, infact its counted 402 artefacts that have been dug up today already ( mostly unreported to the pas apparently). 402 artefacts today, that's right four hundred and two ! Strange that really when I just stepped out side I was nearly blown over by 80mph winds and driving rain. Which means there must be some real hardy detectorists out there digging the artefacts that the counter has counted.

Pull the other one guys. Some of us are trying to make metal detecting more ethical but we dont need you guys ramming this fictional and majorly non reliable counter in the publics face.

Wow its at 414 now.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Wiltshire ornament horizon hoard declared treasure

Well done to the finders of the ornament horizon hoard for getting it declared as treasure. I cant help feeling though that this is a scenario were a capped finders fee is needed as it will be such a shame if the Salisbury museum cannot meet the asking price for the hoard. It would be best if it could stay local. Link to the story here

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Metal detecting rallies, are you in or are you out?

The link below is a fictional scenario posed by farmer Brown aka Nigel Swift on his heritage action blog. My question to the readers of this blog is would you attend a rally if it was set up like that?

heritage action on rallies

I personally do not attend metal detecting rallies for a variety of reasons
 One of the main reasons being that I dont like the idea of hundreds of detctorists all on a rampant mission to make a find. There is too much rush, to much sloppy detecting.

Holes dont get back filled correctly,  finds are literally ripped out the ground so the next fimd can be made sooner.  Its also a lot more difficult for to keep track of whats been found and by who and where abouts. I honestly do not think this money making sceme by some organisations is right or fair.

I believe changes need to be made to the current way rallies are held and to be honest I think some of the large ones need to be stopped altogether.  I know this post is likely to get the backs up of some detctorists but let me know your views anyway.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

teknetics eurotek pro review.

A photo of a teknetics eurotek pro metal detector

Teknetics Eurotek pro review submitted by Andy B

The Teknetics Eurotek Pro metal detector is an entry level metal detector that comes full with features that are normally only available on much more expensive metal detectors.  Upon taking the machine from its box and assembling it using the easy to understand instruction book, you can tell that this is a well built machine. It has a very sturdy feel to it and all the parts fit together perfectly.

The Teknetics Eurotek Pro is trying to break through into an already very well established beginner end of the hobby, it has a lot of work to do if its to make its mark against the Garretts and Fisher machines.

One nice touch that you will notice is the cover that slides over the headphone socket when its not in use. a simple thing but one I have not seen on a machine before and it will defiantly help by stopping mud and dirt getting in the headphone jack.

When you turn the Teknetics Eurotek Pro metal detector on the lcd screen springs to life with a beep. It is easy to navigate having only 5 buttons to control it, on/off, menu, pinpoint and plus and minus.

By clicking on the menu button we can enter into the setup of the metal detector, first off is the sensitivity which I usually keep in the set standard of 7 although it can be increased to 10 or decreased to 1 depending where to are metal detecting. The next setting is the discrimination setting which I generally leave alone because this metal detector has an amazing feature which I will get onto now.

The third menu option is volume, by increasing or decreasing the volume from levels 1-9 it will will obviously be quieter or louder in your headphones or the speaker. however the Teknetics Eurotek Pro has a really cool feature. If you turn the volume to level 10 it acts as an iron volume control, by doing this you are running in all metal mode so you will be running the metal detector at its maximum depth whilst the machine will be total silent on detection of iron. I have never seen this feature on a metal detector in this price range and was blown away with how effective it is.

Another point to note about the Teknetics Eurotek Pro is its lightening fast recovery time. If the metal detector runs over iron and there is another object nearby it will still detect the good object lying beside the iron as it recovers really quick from the first iron signal.

All in all The Teknetics Eurotek Pro metal detector is a great bit of kit. It performs amazingly and in my mind is just as good if not better than the other entry level metal detectors in its class. I personally own one of these metal detectors and would not part with it as its a simple to use and effective treasure hunter.

The retail price on this detector with the standard 8 inch spider coil is around £180, great value for money

Teknetics Eurotek pro metal detector review submitted by Pete D.

The Teknetics Eurotek pro absolutely rocks, I used to own a Minelab Etrac but due to unforeseen circumstances I had to sell up an give up metal detecting for a while. After a while I decided to get back into the hobby but could no longer afford to buy a hight end detector. So after a lot of deliberating I opted to buy the Eurotek, I wasn't disappointed. Ok, I will not lie its no where near as deep as the etrac but it doesn't even cost 1/5th of what the etrac cost me. I really have nothing bad to say about it. If you decide to buy one you wont be disappointed, but make sure you buy the pro as the standard one does not have the iron audio feature which is worth its weight in gold . happy hunting.

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Friday, 7 February 2014

FLO's whats you opinion of them ?

Just a quick post hoping for some of your experiences of dealing with your local finds liaison officer. Have you found it easy to report your finds to them and receive positive identification,  have you had any problems ?

I personally haven't had much luck. A while ago I found a bronze ring this ring had a lovely pattern around it it was a very crude ring with a crude solder joint. It looked old to me very old. Plus the fact I found iton exposed clay on a beach that had reportings of roman fibula broaches, roman grot coins and also a celtic stater.

I took several high definition photos and wrote a detailed description of the ring and where it was found and also what other items has been found around that area. I found my local flo email address and sent it to them.

The response was rubbish,  basically because I didnt receive a response after one month. So I thought maybe the email wasnt received so I resent it, along with sending it to another two flo just for good measure. Still after another month I had not heard a thing and still to this day haven't.  I have tried ringing them and they are never im the office

Are they that over worked or do the have the best holiday package ever ?

Please let me know you're experiences bad abd good.

More national praise for detectorists.

A small report taken from the bbc showing yet more praise for the work we are doing im helping to build a picture of our history

There is still a stigma towards metal detecting here but with more and more good reports like this in the public domain the tide is turning.

keep up the good work everyone and keep reporting your finds

Thursday, 6 February 2014

a little about me.

How rude of me I haven't even introduced myself.

Im Andy, 28  born and raised in the  United Kingdom.

I have always been fascinated with history at school I always loved learning about the romans and vikings ect... but unfortunately I always wanted to try being one of the cool kids,  due to this I missed out on learning about what I enjoyed due to it being classes as not cool, sad I know and a big regret.

so it was by total accident whilst walking round a car boot sale one summers day a couple of years ago I spotted a metal detector for sale.  That was it my spark for history was back and now I was old enough and wise enough not to worry about not being cool.

untill recently I had no cares or worries about how I conducted my hobby and as much as it pains me to say it there are just some things that are not right with it as it stands. There is too much sloppy detecting going on as im going to start calling it. Its time for change, its time to clean up the media and publics perception of this great hobby.

Starting point

Well, inspired by the blogs of steve broom aka I-go detecting and also the fierce debate on Paul barford's blog I have decided to start my own.

This blog is going too be following my progress through my hobby of metal detecting. It is also going to be a place open to debate about the thoughs and perceptions of the hobby.

im hoping between us all we can work towards a goal of taking a more ethical approach to metal detecting.  We are lucky to be in a country where we are legally aloud to do this hobby that we enjoy so much and we dont want to lose that right.

I want the conversation here to stay clean, no bad language,  no vulgar conversation, other than that there will be no moderation to posts. If you dont like what I talk about in this blog ir are against what I say that's fine, let me know.

welcome aboard everyone