10 Mar

K&K dig for a deep target in their first beach outing with the new Ace 250.


Our First Dig!

3 Mar

EoW went along today on a Weekend Wanderers dig in Stagsden Church, Bedfordshire. The WW club hadn’t detected this location in a couple of years; the ridge line, known to have been inhabited during Roman times, was generous the last time round.

Kathleen got us off to a proper start when she unearthed the Gato, a cat-shaped bit of lead drippings from a (medieval?) lead foundry. She also found a massive piece of ploughshare. Kurt found a (circa 18th century) flat button, as well as a substantial piece of a beautifully engraved medieval belt buckle. I found a cast bronze brooch/cloak clasp. Our finds were spot-identified by Peter W., the secretary of WW, who has been at this a long time. I also found some sort of fossilized tooth.

We didn’t end up congregating with the others along the Roman ridge, but one of those who did showed us his finds, a Roman buckle and a couple of worn coins including a minim.

This is an amazing hobby! When the detector’s bell goes off, you never know what riches or historical artifacts (or shoeing nails) are about to be dug up!


White’s GMT Detector Arrives!

1 Mar

A (final?) unpacking video, featuring the White’s GMT gold detector.


The Forrest Fenn Treasure

28 Feb

A dying multimillionaire has hidden a treasure of gold and gems somewhere in the wilderness and written a poem featuring nine clues to help you find it. The poem is from Fenn’s self-published autobiography, The Thrill of the Chase:

As I have gone alone in there
And with my treasures bold,
I can keep my secret where,
And hint of riches new and old.

Begin it where warm waters halt
And take it in the canyon down,
Not far, but too far to walk.
Put in below the home of Brown.

From there it’s no place for the meek,
The end is drawing ever nigh;
There’ll be no paddle up your creek,
Just heavy loads and water high.

If you’ve been wise and found the blaze,
Look quickly down, your quest to cease
But tarry scant with marvel gaze,
Just take the chest and go in peace.

So why is it that I must go
And leave my trove for all to seek?
The answers I already know
I’ve done it tired, and now I’m weak

So hear me all and listen good,
Your effort will be worth the cold.
If you are brave and in the wood
I give you title to the gold.


Three Sourdoughs

28 Feb

My dad sent me this new unpacking video. His tech has improved in just twenty-four hours! In this installment, two hardrock miners look on as he reveals the postal motherlode.

It has been a relatively quiet day treasure-wise for me. I did receive a couple of packages in the post, however — the CS3MX, as well as a sand scoop and a set of waterproof headphones for beach detecting. Mostly I worked at thesis writing, but I also had a scrumptious dinner with two friends. Thanks M and G!


The CS3MX is Here!

27 Feb

Unpacking the next secondhand detector.


Dad’s GPAA Unpacking, pt 2

27 Feb

In which the goods are revealed…