Upadte from the National Council for Metal Detecting (NCMD) - 11th May 2020
This advice is only for our members in England, the Channel Islands and anywhere else where their independent government has advised it is safe to exercise unrestricted. Sadly the loosening of guidance on outdoor activities do not include Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. We are sorry that this does not cover everyone – we are just reflecting government policy.
Following the change to Government guidance for England we are able to change our advice to you. Detecting individually or with household members can again be enjoyed from Wednesday 13th May.
Please though remember to continue to follow Government guidance. Travel should still be limited and social distancing rules must be adhered to. We also urge you to take precautions to protect yourself and others and, for example, wear gloves going through gates, etc.
Also please be respectful of your land owner’s views, and check they are happy for you to continue to detect on their land as their views may have changed over the last three months.
Sadly this pandemic is still very much a risk to us all and so the Government’s loosening of restrictions on outdoor activities does not allow for club or other group digs. Hopefully, if we all play our part, infection rates will continue to fall and it will be safe to resume these sometime in the near future.
The team at Treasure Hunting magazine are all working from home and will continue to bring you your monthly magazine – the July issue is available now and we are working hard on the October issue.
Worry not, we have loads of great articles and stories to bring you over the coming months!
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Roman Hoard John Philpotts examines the 188 silver denarii that make up the Westbury Sub-Mendip hoard.
Bottles and Bronze Age David Stuckey heads back to his Georgian manor house site and unearths another great selection of finds.
Celtic Coin Values Details and sale prices of some of the beautiful Celtic coins sold by Chris Rudd Auctions in May.
My A-Z of Detecting Alison Harrington presents an alphabetical round-up of some of her detecting finds and experiences.
Only a Bit of Lead Peter McCauley shares his collection of interesting lead artefacts.
A Love of Buckles Julian Evan-Hart looks at the diversity of buckles in his extensive collection.
Striking Saxon Gold Chris Kutler researches place names to locate an Anglo-Saxon site that ultimately led to the discovery of two beautiful gold coins.
Remembering the 1970s A trip down memory lane as Derek Tait recalls his earliest detecting adventures when the hobby was in its infancy.
News and Views A look at this month’s news and stories from the world of metal detecting, including some fascinating research.
Reader Finds A showcase of some of our readers’ finds.
Auction Round-Up A selection of lots sold at TimeLine
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The Staffordshire hoard was discovered by a metal detectorist in 2009 and consisted of over 3500 items, making it the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver treasure ever found.
This beautiful new book tells the story of the hoard’s discovery, acquisition and the six-year research project that pieced its fragments back together, identified them and explored their manufacture. Key chapters discuss the decoration and meaning of the hoard’s intricate ornaments, the techniques of the Anglo-Saxon craftsmen, the religious and historical background together with the hoarding practice in Britain and Europe, to place this exceptional hoard in context.
The beautiful photographs and illustrations reconstruct the fragments to show how they would have originally been used.
640 pages, Hardback. £45.00 UK post free
Britain’s First Coins takes a fresh look at British iron age coins. It contains 300 coin photos, most greatly enlarged to aid identification.
For about 150 years, Britons minted their own tribal coins until the Romans stopped them in AD 43. During this brief period, about 100 rulers of a dozen different tribes issues no fewer than 1000 different coins.
2000 years later, the imaginative imagery of these ancient British coins remains unsurpassed. This was Britain's golden age of daring coin design.
The book is a crisp and colourful introduction to a fascinating series of ancient coins. Read it and you’ll want to start collecting them.
– explanation of why these coins are British, not Celtic
– colour map of 13 coin issuing tribes
– where the largest hoards have been found and how many coins were in each
– illustrations of the differences between the nine denominations in gold, silver, bronze and potin
– how coins were minted and how forgers made gold-plated staters
– the 20 rarest types
– illustrations of how symbols on coins relate to symbols on other artefacts the first to hint at links with druidism
– seven ways to collect and the safest way to buy your first coins
56 pages - A5 Paperback (210 x 148mm) £12.00 UK post free
A big new Celtic catalogue with 2000 twice-size coin photos
An easy catalogue of the iron age coins of Britain– the coins of the Pritani (c.150 BC-c.AD 45) – compiled by Elizabeth Cottam, Philip de Jersey, Chris Rudd and John Sills from the 45,000 Pritanic coins recorded by the Celtic Coin Index at the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford
Never before have so many ancient British coins been so easy to identify, so easy to study, so easy to enjoy. Ancient British Coins catalogues 999 iron age coins, including 418 new types not shown by Van Arsdell in 1989. Ancient British Coins describes and dates them, gives up to six references for each, estimates their rarity and shows every coin twice actual size, so that its distinctive differences can be seen at a glance. ABC took
ten years to produce, has 256 fact-packed pages and contains 4000 superb coin photos, plus 500 other illustrations, diagrams, tables and maps.
Ancient British Coins is a picture book, not a lecture book. "ABC is a remarkable achievement" says Prof. Miranda Aldhouse-Green. "It manages to combine scholarship and accessible information in a volume whose every page is interesting and whose writing style makes it fun to use." ABC is a large hardback book (30 x 20 cm), light in style, heavy in weight (1.5 kgs) - "an indispensable aid to anyone wanting to identify British iron age coins" says Prof. Colin Haselgrove - worth every penny of its £75 UK POST FREE