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Metal detectorist finds Viking brooch

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By Morwenna Blake » A METAL detectorist who had only recently taken up the hobby made a lucky find when he uncovered a Viking brooch, which is going on display at Salisbury Museum.

Sidney Boyce was using his metal detector near Longbridge Deverill when he found the bronze trefoil brooch, which he then took to the museum to be identified.

The find was reported to Katie Hinds, the finds liaison officer for Wiltshire, based at Salisbury Museum, who immediately recognised its significance.

A Viking trefoil brooch found near Longbridge Deverill

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Gold fever has hit the West Coast with a big rise in the number of mineral exploration applications.

Crown Minerals figures show there were 89 applications for mineral prospecting, mining and exploration permits in the region in 2009, compared with 33 the previous year.

Thirty-seven applications were granted, including 24 mineral mining permits, compared with 19 in 2008. Fifty-four permits were issued nationally last year.

For Duncan Davidson, it is important not to get carried away as he contemplates goldmining on land near Hokitika.

"I try not to think about it. I think it's a disease. You get a little bit of gold and there's an attraction there and you've got to be very careful," he said


Learn to find treasure on the beach

It happened to me... I dug up treasure worth £1million

By Richard Webber
Last updated at 10:30 PM on 01st January 2010

On 29 September 2009, treasure hunter David Booth embarked on his first outing with a metal detector. Within minutes, he stumbled across 2,000-year-old gold jewellery worth an estimated £1 million.

David, 35, is the chief game warden at Blair Drummond Safari Park in Stirling, Scotland, where he lives with his partner, Carolyn Morrison, 28.

The memories of that Monday will remain etched on my mind. It was a calm autumnal day, so I decided to finish work early and spend a few hours metal detecting. For years I'd fancied taking up the hobby, but it was only five days before that eventful day that I had got round to treating myself to a metal detector. 

It's an American model that can indicate what kind of metal it has detected, ranging from tin to gold, and cost £240. I'd mucked around

Treasure hunter David Booth with the jewellery he uncovered on his first outing

Struck gold: David Booth with the jewellery he uncovered on his first outing. He looked in an area with plenty of history dating back to Roman times

Black Civil War troops to get recognition in South Carolina

The treasure hunter who discovered remains on Folly Island 23 years ago is working to have a historical marker put at the site of the first graves of 19 Union soldiers.

Robert Bohrn cannot forget the black Union soldier whose bones he and another Civil War relic hunter uncovered on Folly Island, S.C., more than 20 years ago.

"It's one thing to find a coin, a slave tag, a person's ring," Bohrn said. "It's way different to turn your shovel blade over and see a human being."

Feeling as though he is a caretaker for that soldier and the 18 others whose skeletons were found at the lonely outpost, Bohrn, 53, now is working with South Carolina to erect a historical marker near the site.

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Robert Bohrn feels as though he is a caretaker for the 19 sets of remains his discovery led to. (John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer / December 18, 2009)

Finders of huge Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon hoard to net £3m

From The Sunday Times
November 22, 2009

AN unemployed metal detection enthusiast and a Staffordshire farmer are set to become millionaires following the discovery of a hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure which experts are likely to value at about £3m this week.

The gold and silver artefacts, which are already shedding new light on the Dark Ages, are collectively worth almost double the amount of the most expensive ancient treasure previously found in Britain.

Terry Herbert, 55, who lives alone in a council maisonette on disability benefits, stumbled across the hoard in July while searching a nondescript field owned by Fred Johnson near the M6 toll road between Lichfield and Tamworth. Herbert bought his first metal detector at a car boot sale for £2.50.

A selection of items of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver found in the Staffordshire field

Richard Brooks, Arts Editor

Ida Aftermath Calls Treasure Hunters

Wayne Argo (Image Credit: Roby Chavez / WTTG)

Ida Aftermath Calls Treasure Hunters

Beach combers search the shore after Ida passes

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Nov 2009, 2:13 PM EST
Published : Monday, 16 Nov 2009, 6:30 AM EST

By ROBY CHAVEZ / myfoxdc

REHOBOTH BEACH, De. - At Rehoboth Beach, many treasure hunters are hoping the remnants of Hurricane Ida will bring them wealth or at the very least an interesting find.

All along the beach there are signs of erosion, but for beach combers it’s not all bad.  As the waves moved off, the ocean dumped colorful rock and shells.

With his oversized bright yellow headset strapped onto his head, Wayne Argo is not looking for sea shells by the sea shore.  He and many others have been walking up and down the beach waving their metal detectors from side to side.

”I have been here for five hours looking for the perfect find," says Argo.

He and his buddy are members of the Mason Dixon treasure club in Frankford, Delaware.

Some are expert hunters but others are just curious.  As Gometaldetecting.com explains, being lucky is simply not enough.  You need to learn from people who have been in the metal detecting hobby for years.


Prospectors see surge after commodities rise

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 10:16 PM MST

As gold prices skyrocket, metal detectors are flying off shelves as more and more people are looking to gold mining and prospecting as a hobby.

Gold prices recently hit record highs and settled at $1,139.40 an ounce Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. As a result, local merchants are flooded with consumers looking to sell old jewelry and lone earrings to make a few bucks in a tight economy. The rush has been on for quite some time, local sellers said, but now prospecting and mining are seeing surges as well.

“We’re buying wagon-loads right now,” Sam Scarmardo of Sam’s Shooters Emporium said. “We’ve been seeing tons of people coming in looking to sell gold jewelry lying around the house but we’re also selling tons of metal detectors, too.”

The hobby is booming now, Scarmardo said, adding that he’s seen a “huge increase” in people coming in with questions looking to get started.

Nathan Bruttell/News-Herald Photo. Several items resident Sam Scarmardo has found on gold prospecting trips are shown in this photo. The items include gold nuggets, gold sand, placer and a 1927 uncirculated St. Gaudens $20 Double Eagle Gold coin. The coin is valued at around $1,700 and the items shown are valued at around $20,000.

Metal detector enthusiast unearths huge hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold

The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found has been unearthed on farmland in Staffordshire by a metal detector enthusiast, archaeologists revealed today.

Terry Herbert, 55, from Burntwood, came across the huge treasure estimated to be worth more than £1 million as he searched a field near his home. The exact location of the discovery has not been disclosed but it is understood to be near the Lichfield border in South Staffordshire, in what was once the independent Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia.

Experts said that the collection of more than 1,500 military artefacts, including helmet, sword pommel and sword hilt ornaments possibly looted on the field of battle 1,400 years by a victorious warlord, may have belonged to Saxon royalty.

The hoard contains around 5kg of gold and 2.5kg of silver, far bigger than previous finds such as the Snettisham hoards. Some of it was lying in the open on top of the ploughed field.

Terry Herbert from Burntwood, Staffordshire with a some of the 1,500 pieces which made up a Anglo-Saxon hoard he found 

Ill. man invites public to display of Civil War collection

JASPER, Ind. — JASPER, Ind. A priceless private collection of Abraham Lincoln and Civil War artifacts will be on display at the Dubois County Museum on Oct. 2-3.

The collection was meticulously pieced together over the past 15 years by Joseph Matheu, a passionate Civil War buff from the Chicago suburbs.

As a special bonus on Oct. 2, Matheu will be at the museum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EDT to provide the history behind his artifacts.

There will be limited reservations for the exclusive viewing, and wine and cheese will be served. Admission will be $35 each for museum members and $50 for nonmembers.

For more information and to make reservations, call (812) 634-7733 or e-mail jdkluemper@psci.net.

Ill. man invites public to display of Civil War collection

GREG ECKERLE / Courier & Press Joseph Matheu displays one of his cases of Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. More than 50 cases of his Lincoln and Civil War artifacts will be shown at Dubois County Museum events in Jasper, Ind., on Oct. 2-3.

Treasure trove unearthed by metal detectors in Northumberland

A RARE hoard of medieval coins has been unearthed by treasure hunters in Northumberland.

Friends Lee Brown, Wayne Derbyshire and Keith Dodds could barely believe their eyes when they came across more than 100 silver coins, believed to date back to the 12th Century, while they were metal detecting in the Blyth area of Northumberland.

The well-preserved artefacts are unusual ‘hammered’ coins, which were made by hand and feature the image of a king, although experts have yet to establish which monarch is depicted. Henry II and Richard the Lionheart were among the kings who reigned in that period.

Mr Brown, 35, of Cramlington, only took up metal detecting in November last year and enjoyed beginner’s luck to be the first one of the group to find the coins. “I was absolutely gobsmacked to find hammered coins so soon,” said the dad-of-one, who works in the construction industry. “People wait for years and years and they never find one.

Metal detectors from left Lee Brown, Wayne Derbyshire and Keith Dodds who have unearthed a collection of hammered silver pennies in Northumberland 

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