July 2019

An update on the Roman ‘pottery’ I found yesterday at Quarley…The “definitive” answer from the experts is the large piece on the right is a piece of Roman sandstone roof tile, and the smaller piece on the left is classed as “CBM”, in other words, they’re not sure what it…

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I was supposed to be wandering around some archaeological sites with Claire Pinder, the County Archaeologist, today at Lyscombe Bottom.Unfortunately, after a mile-long sprint uphill to get to the site, well maybe not a sprint but much faster than my usual fieldwalking/metal detecting amble, I was lagging behind and my…

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I was invited by a group to join their metal detecting dig in fields near Thruxton Racing Circuit. When I got there it looked like a nice pasture site, previously undetected. The only thing letting it down was the fine rain and cold breeze 😕 So waterproof coat on and…

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My Pilgrim’s Ampulla find is safely in the hands of Ciorstaidh (pronounced “Kirsty” for the uninitiated), the Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset. She’ll record it and enter all the details on the British Museum’s Portable Antiquities database. Whilst talking to Ciorstaidh, I also had a conversation with Claire Pinder, the…

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I use the XP Deus metal detector.  Not just because it’s the most technically advanced and adaptable detector on the market, but it’s also the lightest of all the top-end detectors too.  Perfect for using all day without tiring yourself out (and also easy on my shoulder’s rotator cuff injury…

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As supplied the Deus came with the XP WS4 backphones.  The WS4 Control Unit is removable so able to be used with several accessories.  However, I found them uncomfortable and ill-fitting so instead I bought the compatible Quest HD Headphones which fit over-the-ear, and are designed to use the WS4…

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Originally I bought one of those cheap Chinese fake pinpointers, and for a few weeks it worked – not well, but it worked.  Then it got an intermittent fault where it just stopped detecting anything, the light came on when you pressed the button but there was no sound, etc. …

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I was at a dig organised by Southwest Detectorists today, a farm near Halstock that was reputed to have a Roman villa nearby and a medieval trackway running through the site we were detecting.  It was a bit warm and sweaty for a semi-obese slob like me to drag his…

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