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Treasure hunting with Kenny Briggs

This book takes you through the steps of treasure hunting Street and Sidewalk Tear-outs with a Metal Detector. I talk about the detectors, coils and other equipment I have used over the years of treasure hunting during street and sidewalk construction. This has information from Diggers Hotline and Wisconsin State Statute for digging. Click the link to purchase your copy…

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Jersey experts find gold necklace in ‘largest Celtic hoard’

Gold necklaceThe gold necklace was revealed as coins around it were removed

A gold necklace has been discovered by experts examining the world’s largest hoard of Celtic coins.

Senior conservator Neil Mahrer is working on Le Catillon II hoard and said they had already cleared nearly 4,000 of about 70,000 coins.

The gold torque was partially exposed as researchers began to remove coins from around it.

The coins were discovered by two amateur metal detector enthusiasts, Reg Mead and Richard Miles, in 2012.

The team, including two Jersey-born archaeology graduates, have already discovered a gold coin believed to date from 70BC and derived from the Baiocasses, a tribe from Normandy who minted base gold and silver coins.

Coin Hoard objectsNeil Mahrer said the volume of coins in the hoard created a “new normal” as they had more than any previously discovered
Measuring the locationThe team take a very accurate measure of the location of each item in the hoard

The gold necklace, known as a “torque” was partially exposed as coins were removed and Mr Mahrer said it was surprising to find a complete piece, rather than fragments.

Julia Farley, curator of European Iron Age collections at the British Museum, said men and women in mainland Europe would be buried wearing them.

She said: “They are rare, particularly gold ones, but the number from Britain is fairly small, under 50 or so.

“On the continent you find them in graves, but we don’t really find that in Britain. They have been found in hoards as chopped up bits, but they are unusual.”

Gold coinThere are thought to be about 70,000 coins of varying shape and value within the hoard
Coin hoardNeil Mahrer said they had no idea how many other items of jewellery they would find or whether there were big stones inside

She said most of the British gold objects found from the time of the Jersey hoard were actually made from recycled continental gold.

Ms Farley said it would be shipped to the UK with coins and other metals chopped up and then turned into local objects.

Mr Mahrer said the gold torque in the Jersey hoard could turn out to be a significant find, as it could help uncover more details of the wealth of the tribe and where they came from. Gold is always what dreams are made of.

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Dave McMahon, Host of The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Show…Scores big time



These are some of the blowhole buttons I have recently dug… Not pictured are the ones that were broken, or not in any decent shape at all… There were quite a bit…
These are late 1600’s to early 1700’s.. They actually pre-date the later used flat buttons!!

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legendary Norse treasure worth more than £800,000?…..

Has a man with a metal detector really stumbled upon the legendary Norse treasure worth more than £800,000? Experts believe long-lost trove of gold and silver may be the real deal

A metal detector-wielding amateur archaeologist may have discovered the legendary hoard that inspired one of Richard Wagner’s most epic works of opera.


The trove unearthed in Rhineland Palatinate, western Germany, includes silver bowls, brooches, other jewellery from ceremonial robes and small statues that adorned a grand chair, said experts.


Amid speculation that it may be the legendary Nibelung hoard, they have valued the haul of gold and silver, which dates back to Roman times, at nearly £826,000.

‘In terms of timing and geography, the find fits in with the epoch of the Nibelung legend,’ Axel von Berg, the state’s chief archaeologist was quoted by German media as saying.

‘But we cannot say whether it actually belongs to the Nibelung treasure,’ he said, adding that whoever owned it had ‘lived well’ and could have been a prince.


The haul, which was found near Ruelzheim in the southern part of the state, is now at the state cultural department in Mainz, but officials suspect they may not have all of it.

Prosecutors have begun an inquiry into the man who found the treasure because they suspect he may have sold some of it, possibly to a buyer abroad, the department said.

‘The spot where the find was made was completely destroyed by the improper course of action,’ it said in a statement.

Whether the treasure is the famous ‘Rhinegold’ or not, it seems to have been buried in haste by its owner or by robbers in around 406-407 AD, when the Roman Empire was crumbling in the area along the Rhine, Mr von Berg said.

The Nibelung hoard features in Wagner’s epic opera cycle, Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Of The Nibelung), often referred to as the Ring Cycle, which follows the struggles of heroes, gods and monsters over a magic ring which grants the power to rule the world.

Modelled after ancient Greek dramas, it is a work of extraordinary scale – intended to be performed over four evenings with a total playing time of about 15 hours – that took Wagner 26 years to compose.

The cycle is based on the Germanic legend of Siegfried and the mythology surrounding the royal lineage of the Burgundians who settled in the early 5th century at Worms, one of Germany’s oldest cities.

According to the Nibelung legend, the warrior Hagen killed the dragon-slayer Siegfried and sank his treasure in the Rhine river.

The Rhine has shifted its course many times over the centuries, so the treasure need no longer be under water.

Rhineland Palatinate boasts the most famous stretch of the Rhine, dotted with castles and steeped in legend that has inspired German poets, painters and musicians.

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Gravedigger finds ‘Roman child’s coffin’ with metal detector….

A child’s coffin believed to date back to the 3rd Century AD is being examined by archaeologists in Warwickshire.

It was found beneath a Leicestershire field by two men, one of whom is a Nottingham gravedigger, using metal detectors.

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The Detecting Lifestyle Live Radio Broadcast…

Tomorrow night .. Sept. 24th, 2013…..8:30 PM EASTERN TIME…
The Detecting Lifestyle Radio Show …..”BACK TO THE BEACH”
This show will focus on metal detecting on the beach. Discussion will center around detecting the beach in the coming fall/winter months…
Strategies, things to look for , gear, equipment protection , all topics for the upcoming winter months on the beach…
Join myself, Mr. Brian Mayer, and Mr. Ronnie DeGhetto, as we discuss various aspects of detecting the beaches in the coming months…
Join us live with ideas, stories, or any input…
Live call in # is 1-609-961-1842
Hope to have you all join us tomorrow night..
Join us live tomorrow night…….Listen to the show live through the player on the link below…
Hope to have u all join us…

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EUROPE — Detectorists find WWII Treasure buried in forest…

I must confess I envy those guys with enough time to wander the woods and the beaches with their metal detectors. Even if they’re not actually treasure-hunting, these fellows often find amazing pieces with historic value which end up in museums or make awesome memorabilia of times past.

However, finding a WWII motorcycle buried in the woods is no everyday treat. Unfortunately there’s no info as of where was this machine found, but we’re looking at a bike which may be as old as 80 years old.

According to web resources, I’d say this is either a Red October (Krasnyi Oktyabr) L-300 machine, or the original DKW Luxus 300 the Russians got their “inspiration” from. If any of you has enough expertise to pinpoint the origin of the bike, please share your mighty knowledge with us!

As far as history has things, DKW had licensed the production of the Luxus 300 to the Russians, and they started building their own version in a plant in Leningrad (Sankt Petersburg), funnily adding that the L stood for the city’s name.

The L-300 got the Krasnyi Oktyabr brand name but at the same time taking a plunge in performance, because of the very lousy gas Russia was using. What started up as an elegant German two-wheeler, ended up with a 25% weaker engine (around 6 HP). Production moved to an Izh plant, as the Tremass and Promet plants could not make these bikes in sufficient numbers.

Now, seeing this machine properly id’d and restored would indeed be terrific!

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Amateur treasure hunter unearths haul of Roman coins with £300 metal detector he bought off a friend….

An amateur fisherman snared himself an unusual catch – a haul of Roman and Iron Age coins, hailed by the British Museum as a ‘very excting discovery’.
Jason Hemmings usually spends his time plucking sea bass from the ocean. But, having recently bought a metal detector and taken up treasure hunting as a hobby, he struck gold in a field in Owermoigne, Dorset, finding 15 bronze and silver coins that may have been lying there for 2,000 years.
Mr Hemmings, 41, began his hobby when he purchased the detector for £300 from a friend who wanted to upgrade his own.
After scouring the field, he unearthed the first coin and, initially, that seemed to be it. ‘I had a quick search and couldn’t find anything else,’ he said.
‘I had to go home for Sunday roast. But I went back the next day, and that’s when I came across more.’
The machine was giving off such faint, intermittent signals that his friend did not think it was worth the effort of digging, but he persevered,. and the rest is history.
He followed the required procedure in reporting the discovery under the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by members of the public in England and Wales.

Eleanor Ghey, a British Museum expert, said the moeny is likely to have been dropped by a soldier at the time Romans first came to the country.
‘These coins are likely to be close in date to the conquest of Britain in AD 43. They almost pinpoint the time when the Romans were first in Britain. It’s one of the earliest things we have. This is a very exciting discovery.’
The coins – three different currencies all circulating in Britain in the middle of the first century AD – include large bronze coins of the Roman emperor Claudius issued between AD 41 and 50.

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Treasure Seeker made ​​the discovery of his life – “Completely unique in Finland”

Kauklahtelainen metal seeker Antti Hirvinen has made ​​an extremely rare discovery of a gold ring. Preliminary studies indicate that ring comes from the heart of the Middle Ages. A rare discovery may lead to new excavations.

Such a ring is not from Finland has ever been found. ”
The discovery is so unique that even experienced scientists are really excited about the ring.

– Yes, this is a very significant discovery, because this kind of ring is the entire country has never been done before, evaluate the Espoo City Museum Curator Anna Wessman.

Wessman’s the equivalent of medieval gold rings have been found in all of Scandinavia, only a few.

Ring found 21 August Espoonkartano from the field. Ground breaking off, treasures more than a couple of years with a metal detector looking for Hirvinen found the ring as soon as the search early in the day.

When the beeper indicated that in the corn is something that interests you, Hirvinen thought he spotted just an ordinary bottle cap.

– Yes, it was quite a surprise when the ring came from, granted Hirvinen.

– In some old jewelry I have determined that I was able to place the ring to the Middle Ages.

Wessman of the ring is made of what is most likely in mid-1300.

Studies, the origin of the ring to find out more.


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