I know it well, sir; you have an exchequer of words, 
and, I think, no other treasure to give your 
followers, for it appears by their bare liveries, 
that they live by your bare words.

(Two Gentlemen of Verona II. 4. 692-5)


About, 2017

I founded this page in 2013 to document my first forays into treasure hunting. Since that time, I have owned a Garrett AT Pro; White’s Goldmaster GMT; C.Scope CS3MX; XP Deus, Minelab Excalibur II; and I am preparing to retrofit my Deus and purchase a CTX 3030 for land and beach hunting.

I have found a gold ring with diamonds at a New York beach and returned it to its newlywed owner; modern clad coinage in the Bahamas, Hong Kong, and the Polish Baltic Sea; dozens of Roman and medieval hammered silver coins in the UK, along with other bits of history; and mudlarked successfully for Roman and medieval coins in the River Thames, and unsuccessfully (save for a Victorian medicine bottle and some modern clad) along the River Blackwater in Maldon, Essex. I have even made a treasure find: silver cufflinks crafted to commemorate the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza, which I donated to the Oxfordshire Museum Service.

I have lived mainly in the UK during this period, working on a PhD in early modern English literature at Oxford, and also earning accreditation as a field archaeologist (and the post-nominal letters PCIfA).

Now, with new opportunities and new adventures at hand, please join me as I continue to seek treasure where it is to be found.


About, 2013

I founded this page to document my first forays into treasure hunting. I did some gold panning as a child in Utah (unsuccessfully) and on a trip to Alaska (successfully), but I’ve never used a metal detector or searched for treasure in a sustained fashion. This page will document my missteps (and hopefully successes) as I explore the new hobby — while trying to finish a graduate degree.

I plan to document each of my finds here (initially, even the rubbish diggers as I get the hang of things) and also on Twitter (@antiphonus).

3 Responses to “About”

  1. 1billbadger February 28, 2013 at 3:29 am #

    This is so fun Bud

    • antiphonus February 28, 2013 at 3:33 am #

      I think so too. There’s gold in them thar hills…

  2. Lawrence Rouse May 1, 2013 at 2:22 am #


    The site has grown pretty exponentially since the last time I was here. Wow!

    Hannah and Daria are so grown up. And Daria seems so patient and poised as she says “Maybe Dad needs to cut it some more.”

    The buckle looks good. Let me know how it turns out.


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