Category Archives: Finds and Stories

Be entertained and inspired by viewing some previous metal detecting finds. Read and share interesting metal detecting stories with other enthusiasts.

Scored some nice pennies from an old farm.

Well the day came when I could get onto a new farm I have. My partner and I set off, into a real hard going field, Full of hoof holes and hard to walk. My first signal was a georgian halfpenny, then a victoria penny. Also got an old victorian candle holder.

After having a break I decided to do an easy feild with no cow holes. Again my first signal was a georgian penny – no dates too worn. I had to go back to the car to renew my batteries then decided to start detecting in some dips in the land, I got another Georgian the a real nice 1914 florin which came out shining, and how nice to be able to read the date.

I met back up with my buddy who was doing some detecting around an old crashed aircraft site, he got a shell of some sort. but not much else.

This land has potential. Cant wait to get back on there.

Recent “Farm Quest” turns out to be Good One!

I went out the other day on a ‘farm quest’ as you do once in a while and found a farmer who was not only agreeable to my request to detect on his land but was also keen on local history.

First of all he showed me his recently harvested fields and drew his boundaries out for me on a piece of paper.

Next he marked all the footpaths on the map together with the ruins of a mill near to the river and finally he explained that he found two stone hand mills which were dragged up by his plough.

It goes to show that there are farms with friendly farmers out there somewhere. It’s just a case of ignoring the knock-backs (believe me I have had dozens) and soldiering on in your quest. The farm itself is next to a river and a mile away from a major road so I am hopeful of finding something out of the ordinary as oppose to my normal shotgun caps, broken pewter buttons, impacted musket balls and 20th century coins.

I am by no means gloating about the potential of this new site, I am just illustrating to the disillusioned out there that the next farm door you knock on could be the big one.

Metal detectors unearth 3,500 Year Old (“Iron Age”) Artifacts!

15th October, 2008

Tickhill’s first metal detecting rally has turned up Iron Age, Roman and medieval artifacts.

The Searchers of Dinnington Society organised the charity rally, and it took place on fields owned by a local farmer.

The enthusiasts used their metal detecting equipment to discover:

  • roman coins
  • brooches
  • part of a sword hilt
  • a medieval horse harness
  • buckles
  • hammered silver coins
  • and lead spindle whorls

A team of experts from the Portable Antiquities Scheme South and West Yorkshire Finds were invited to the event.

Liaison Officer Amy Cooper, aged 25, said: “We were there to help detectors to identify and record the items that they found. The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a national one that encourages the reporting of archaeological objects found by members of the public.

“The process is entirely voluntary and after the artifacts are recorded they are returned to the person that has handed them in.”

What a great event for all those involved, and especially the lucky ones that turned up such ancient artifacts!

Can you imagine personally digging up a spearhead that was hand crafted in 1,500BC?  What story would it tell if only it could speak?