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)
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.
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).