Discovering a Viking hoard: A day in the life of a metal detectorist
Metal detecting enthusiast Derek McLennan`s recent discovery of Viking-age artefacts at a site in Dumfries and Galloway is both spectacular and impressive. Not only did he uncover a hoard of Viking-age artefacts, but this is his third major discovery in less than a year.
Treasure hunter Darren Webster digs up 200-piece haul of Viking jewellery and coins
A metal detecting enthusiast made 'the find of a lifetime' when he discovered a Viking treasure hoard including 200 pieces of silver jewellery. Darren Webster dug up a 1,000-year-old casket that also held coins, silver and ingots while scouring at an undisclosed location on the border between Cumbria and North Lancashire. "I got a good signal on my detector so I dug about 18 inches and then I saw a lead pot. It was slightly open. I could see all the coins and jewellery inside. It was a great feeling."
Britain: An amateur treasure-seeker's paradise - Government and museums approve detection by general public
Britain is filled with buried treasures and the masses have been bitten by the bug for digging it up - with the approval of the government and leading museums. Figures released by the British Museum showed a jump in the number of antiquities and historic objects classed as treasure being found by ordinary citizens with a passion for history. In 2010, over 90,000 archaeological objects were reported to museums across the country - a 36% rise on 2009 - through what is known as the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS).
Treasure-hunting vacations: Searching for gems, gold and pirate booty
Making money while on a vacation isn't a common occurrence, but treasure hunting holidays do exists, varying from seeking pirates' buried treasure or gold in California rivers, to exploring gem caves of the American Midwest or combing beaches with a metal detector. Adventure holidays aimed at part-time treasure hunters don't guarantee that you will end up being a millionaire, but the thrill of the search is half the fun - and there is always a possibility of finding something really valuable.
UK Metal Detector website to improve co-operation with landowners
A website: fielddetector.co.uk - created by metal detecting enthusiast Richard White - is seeking landowners interested in allowing detectorists on to their land to register on the site. Landowners can provide details of the accessible land and any potential fees for access. At present some landowners charge for access while some only require a code of conduct to be observed.
Metal detectorist discovered 500-year-old find gold-plated crucifix
When amateur metal detectorist Matthew Webb discovered a rare 500-year-old crucifix in a field, he assumed it was just another piece of lead. "The crucifix felt very heavy for its size. It had rounded edges and when I got it out of my pocket and rubbed it, I thought it looked quite good. I realised it was a crucifix, but I thought it was modern." As a metal detecting enthusiast, webb has found an unexploded German bomb, Roman coins and jewellery. But the crucifix is his rarest find and has been declared "treasure trove" - meaning its value will be split between Webb and the landowner.
David Booth reveals how he found £1m treasure - 5 days after he bought his metal detector
David Booth recalls his 1 million pounds discovery on his first ever try with a metal detector. The safari park keeper spotted 4 gold necklaces 7 paces from where he'd parked his car as he set out with his new metal detector. The 2000-year-old jewellery he dug up from a Stirlingshire field is now Treasure Trove and David will get a reward based on its market value. "I drove my car to a field, parked in it, took my metal detector out... It flashed to indicate that I had found gold 7 paces away from the car... 6-8 inches down, I saw a glimpse of one of them... I was completely stunned - there was total disbelief."
Treasure hunter unearths a collection of silver items from English Civil War -era
Treasure hunter Arthur Haig was metal detecting on a farm when he was called over by a woman, who asked him if he could look in her garden to find a gold charm bracelet she'd lost. "In the course of looking for it, I came across the silver hoard in a broken ceramic pot." The find included 4 silver spoons, a goblet in two parts and a bell salt - engraved with the letters CGA - dating from 1603-1630. The items most likely belonged to Angel and Catherine Grey, the owners of Stowey Court at that time. The silver hoard was probably not hidden by the Greys, as they survived the Civil War and would have recovered it.
Lazy treasure hunters can "upgrade" their metal detectors to metal detecting sandals
Here is an alternative to carrying around large metal detector to search for hidden treasures: Metal Detecting Sandals. They work using the same principal as standard metal detecting equipment. A copper metal coil inside the right sandal is powered by a battery pack that is strapped to leg. If something metallic enters the magnetic field within 2 feet, the wearer can be notified by a red light, audible buzz, or vibration. Powered by a single 9 Volt battery, the sandals can be used for treasure seeking for up to 6 hours - and they do not draw as much attention as someone carrying a large metal detector on the beach.
Nighthawkers: Illegal metal detector users hunt relics
Britain's heritage is under threat from "nighthawkers" (illegal metal detector users) who face little chance of being arrested, a report reveals. The study found the threat to archaeological items was high, but prosecutions were at an all-time low. The English Heritage-commissioned report said crooks were using auction websites to sell relics and antiquities. Many items are said to be worth little financially but of historical value. Illegal metal detecting is defined as "the search and removal of antiquities from the ground using metal detectors without the permission of the landowners or on prohibited land such as scheduled monuments".
Metal detectors uncover Saxon burial ground - Find of a lifetime
Two men have uncovered a Saxon cemetery while metal detecting near Lewes. Bob White and Cliff Smith, members of the Eastbourne District Metal Detecting Club, made the find on farmland and it is thought the remains laid unexplored for 1,500 years. As soon as they realized the importance of the site they sought advice from the local archaeologists who decided to excavate the graves after getting approval from the landowner. 3 graves were uncovered, one holding the remains of a man and two of a woman. One of the females was entombed with a bronze bowl, which still had silver belt decorations.
Scotland: Treasure hunters urged to read the rules before the hunt
The idea of discovering buried treasure is a fantasy that most grow out of. But hundreds of metal detectorists in Scotland try to make the dream a reality. While many trips bring nothing valuable, enough treasure hunters have hit the jackpot to convince others that it is worthwhile. About 10,000 objects (like silver coins and jewels) are found each year. Now the authorities in Scotland have issued the first code of practice to make sure enthusiasts stay within the law. The finder must declare all historical artefacts, and can expect to be paid, but the owner of the land has no right to a share in that reward. Protected archaeological sites require a written permit.
Macedonia: Economic crisis increases treasure hunting (Article no longer available from the original source)
In Macedonia, economic crisis has promoted a new trend: treasure hunters are increasingly scouring the furthest reaches of the country in pursuit of Ottoman gold, Roman antiquities and other historical gems. Whether basing their searches on real history or myths and legends, treasure hunters are going to great lengths to cash in on the alleged jackpot. Driven both by slump and adventurism, treasure huntes have begun a crusade in the country. They collect verbal records of old legends from village elderly, buy dusty maps, and, often well-equipped, search the countryside with metal detectors.
In pictures: Treasures discovered by treasure hunters
In photographs: Some remarkable treasures discovered with metal detectors. Including: gold and silver Iron Age torc (worth 350,000 pounds); 13th century silver seal matrix (the only known surviving gem portrait of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius); Part of a hoard of 3,600 Roman coins; 11th Century Anglo-Saxon roundel in gold and enamel.
Treasure-hunters strike their third major find in 8 years
A husband and wife detectorist-team have found a rare Roman antiquity. Alice and David Wright found the 35mm gold leaf on land close to Clifton, Nottingham, on March 23, 2008. The couple were using metal-detectors when the "beep" came through. When they cleared away the soil, a folded gold leaf shone through. The British Museum confirmed it was a Roman votive leaf, used as a gift at a Roman temple between the first and third centuries. It is the 3rd major haul the Wrights have unearthed. In 2000, they discovered a cache of silver groats (5,000 pounds). In 2005, Alice found a silver bodkin, made in 1634 (450 pounds).
Professional treasure hunter shares tips of the trade with students [pdf]
Want to discover gold coins, jewelry and pirate treasure? Open a book. "All treasure hunting starts in the library and ends in the library," revealed professional treasure hunter Scott Mitchen, who visited The Villages Charter Middle School to talk to 6th-grade students about treasure and the importance of reading. Mitchen wanted to search for pirate ships from the time he was a child: "I dreamt of being a treasure hunter when I was a kid. I found a buffalo nickel in my grandfather's yard when I was 10, and that was it." In 1990 he accomplished his dreams when he discovered the 17th-century pirate ship "La Trompeuse."
3,000 villagers sign petition to stop Banahaw treasure hunters
Over 3,000 villagers living along the slopes of Mount Banahaw have assailed the illegal treasure-hunting inside the mystic mountain. The treasure-hunting site is being guarded by armed men who introduced themselves as military soldiers. The villagers said the treasure hunters use explosives and chemicals to loosen the mountain soil which, they feared, could block their water source. Last February, the same village officials asked the Tayabas City council to order the closure to outsiders of the gateway to the mountain because of intense illegal treasure-hunting in the area.