XP Deus true versatility

XP DEUS – Our chosen machine.

The keyword is VERSATILITY. We are aware that most of the time, the Deus is deployed and recognized for locating ancient coins or artefacts, but there is a lot more to the world-wide detecting picture.
We are a team of metal detector users specializing in the recovery of WW1 & WW2 relics, we work alongside the local community and indeed the museums.
I would like to give you an insight about what the Deus is capable of based on 2 recent metal detecting sessions.

We explore remote mountain areas so having a light compact setup is vital for our work.

Very often our week involves long hikes, so everything needs to be packed in a single compact backpack, food, drink, Deus, recovery tools, and so on.

Our desired targets

Targets such as bayonets or helmets, are very big ”chunks of iron”, we love to find them but it is fair to say you will find them with most metal detectors, so we aren’t talking about them, small non-ferrous targets can be a real challenge, especially in an environment filled with ferrous and non-ferrous contamination.

The real ”trick’‘, and the one that has made it possible to find many of our discoveries, is the speed.
We believe detectorists make a common mistake and put everything on the depth factor, when very often it’s speed and recovery between targets plus good discrimination that make the difference between success and failure.

We are not talking about clear fields, forests or pastures, but about areas infested by all sorts of metal fragments: splinters, shrapnel, pieces left over from all kinds of destroyed equipment, and many, many thousands of empty ammunition shells.

Keep in mind that almost all of the above targets, produce very high and stable signals with good readings, so you have to dig most of them, because you will never know what it could be or indeed underneath ”another of those signals” A military decoration could give a signal very similar to an empty shell, while an empty shell sounds like a silver coin, and the silver coin sounds like an identification tag and so on.
Many manufacturers claim speed, depth and target clarity but from our experiences these points appear to be only visible on static tests with a known buried target, you know the ones on YouTube comparing other machines against the Deus, but as some of our team have recently discovered, these are static tests and certainly do not come close to the Deus in the field – I mean real detecting.

Suffice to say now our 8-member team, are all fully equipped with the XP Deus, along with MI-6/MI-4’s probe.
Simply because we want what works, we also like the fact that XP offer a product to the customer without bucket loads of hype, to me that says one thing……confidence in your product.

Here is a brief summary of our last two sessions.

The firsts hunt relates to our ”spring offensive”, meaning that we are finally able to go digging, after a long winter spent at home cleaning and restoring previous discoveries.

The first spot is in the Carpathian Mountains, a spot very familiar to us, having a rich WW1 background. We’ve explored the area many times, but after following some new info, we’ve managed to locate a new German defence position. We concentrated our search around a sector built around two lines of trenches, facing a valley.

We used a custom Deus Fast program and a low/moderate discrimination. After few hours spent digging splinters and empty shells, we located a small area, where ”everything happened”.

Finding the right sound

Among tons of empty rifle shells, the Deus picked up some slightly different signals, and they were slightly different for a reason; they were not empty shells. The machine’s recovery speed made it possible to locate and extract several good targets from an infested spot. We had found a ”garbage pit”, a spot used to dump damaged and unwanted equipment. From this small area we recovered a German belt buckle and several parts of pickelhaube helmets, including the frontal imperial eagle crests, a silver coin, a small bronze cross and two other coins.

The second session relates to a WW2 context. A more urban situation, a forest located not far from a small city, where during the Second World War a German base was situated. Unless you were there and experienced it for yourself, words cannot describe how badly infested that place was. Being near to a city, the forest was full of a variety of modern garbage; the 2 former German bunkers located there became cesspools, and filled with metallic junk, such as foil, bottlecaps, condoms, nails, cell phone parts, modern coins…you name it.

The same trick applied: The combination of Deus’s recovery speed + our solid nerves, did the magic. While exploring an area located near the border of a roadway, we picked up few German uniform buttons, and in a short time discovered several other little ”signs of presence”.

Once again, we managed to extract from a totally compromised context. A German helmet and bayonet, a medal, the ”Crusade against Communism”, (awarded to both German and Romanian soldiers) a silver/medal pendant and a silver brooch representing an edelweiss flower (both of them most probably civil, but among a soldier’s belongings) and a few more other interesting artefacts.

Most of the discoveries, were made with the elliptical HF coil; which has (beside the speed) a superb separation between targets it has given the XP Deus, truly a sniper and a real asset to the XP accessory range.

We are sure that the area isn’t fully explored, so we intend to get the round 9” HF coil in order to have 2 machines with HF’s on that spot (and others also).

Using the correct headphones

We search as a team in remote places, most of the time it is not necessary to wear headphones.  However this search area was a little different, not just the contaminated soil but we were very close to passing cars and this is when we found the WS4 headphones to be an essential piece of kit, they allowed us to totally focus on the targets, separating them from the background noise of the nearby roadway.

If you bought your setup without the WS4/WS5 headphones, do a very little step further and get a pair, you won’t regret it. You’ll be astonished to find how the signal clarity can make the difference, especially when compared to “non-XP” after market headphones.

The XP headphone system is a truly amazing piece of engineering, give it a try and you’ll understand what I am talking about.

We thank XP once more:
For the great machines (we love the new MI-4, we will write about it soon) and not to forget the great customer service.

We wish to all of you out there in the fields, the best of luck and hope you follow your dreams!

Cheers from the Romanian Military Archaeology Team & Asociatia ”Pro Detectie” – Romania

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Searching the Thames foreshore with the HF Elliptical coil

I first got my XP Deus in 2011, I was particularly interested the wide range of user adjustments it had to offer, especially the fast recovery speed because working and living in London the Thames foreshore was my main playground.

When put to the test he recovery speed and sensitivity to tiny artefacts despite the 9″ coil never failed to impressed me. Another massive advantage was the clever “close down” design as I ride to all my detecting spots on a motorcycle.
The folded down machine fits snugly into my backpack which is perfect for riding through the London traffic.

In 2012 I recovered my best find ever a Spiritia also known as a Roman brothel token, this find is now at the London Museum being the 1st ever recorded in the UK.

Over the years I spent lots of time playing with the XP Deus settings, and frequencies, eventually making my own custom program.

When I was told about the new HF elliptical coil release I was really thrilled as I knew this addition would push the machine further, Having purchased the coil, my very first session brought me a silver ring on an easy to access spot (the easier a spot is to access, the more detectorists it has seen ). The size of the coil is really good allowing you to work between large pebbles, stones, bricks and other building rubble.

I spent several sessions with the elliptical coil, every time always trying to refine my settings I realised that 14khz was the best frequency for me working on the River. Reactivity 5 and GB set to suit the day, I am pretty sure I have found my best personal XP Deus set up for the iron littered foreshore environment.

On iron littered patches another technique I developed was to adapt a narrow sweep of a maximum of a 1.5 feet wide moving slowly, while overlapping the coil by 50% all the time paying attention to double medium and high tones, this technique is quite tedious but you will pick up tiny bits close to large encrusted iron which I am convinced other machines will ignore.

On “Cleaner” patches you can widen your sweeps, increase your sensitivity and lower the reactivity to 4 or 3.
I highly recommend the HF Elliptical coil for difficult ground, it will allow you to unmask targets under the most extreme conditions, taking the Deus capabilities to the extreme.

Article kindly submitted by
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XP Deus trio unearth Celtic treasure

My fascination with metal detecting began in the early 1970’s when I purchased my very first detector, back in the day Victorian and Georgian coins were plentiful, but that appeared to be my limit. By the middle of the 1980’s, I had become a family man and my detecting days had become less frequent; eventually the detector went to the loft.

Just a few years ago, however, another detecting friend of mine from those earlier days suddenly began making more frequent visits to show me some of his amazing recent finds. Amongst his booty of usual debris were bronze Roman coins, brooches, crotal bells and silver hammered coins. ‘You’ve got to get yourself a Deus mate, they’re amazing’ were his exact words; so I did and he was spot on, they are!!!!

Gary and Alvin the XP Deus Duo

Having introduced my business partner Alvin Robinson to metal detecting several years ago, he too had caught the bug. The Team Deus Duo, who were not renowned for overworking, made a concerted effort to operate boat trips from Easter through to October, giving us both ample time through late autumn, winter and early spring to either maintain our two vessels or go detecting……. no contest! There’s always a mad dash to get a fresh lick of paint on the boats just before the Easter holidays!!!

A couple of years ago while discussing some of my detecting stories with a good friend of mine, Kit Layman, I offered Kit an invitation to join us for a spot of detecting. Being a very keen angler, detecting was the perfect hobby during the fishing off-season and Kit was very enthusiastic. I gave him a magazine and highlighted the appropriate Deus machine that he should purchase, the Team Deus Duo had become a trio!!!

The Deus trio’s first outing

Although Alvin and I already had access to enough land to last a lifetime, Kit also had the potential to access quite a few acres. Initially we took Kit to a nice easy winter wheat field, good signals and easy digging, the perfect place to get in tune with his new Deus. By the second year, the Team Deus Trio were also visiting the occasional field through Kit’s connections, although many of these fields were quite small, their locations were interesting.

Using Google Earth I had been researching the various fields in this area. On one particular image, I discovered a more than interesting circular area of shaded grass, the location and diameter of this circle conjured those detecting thoughts of a potential Celtic dwelling????

The next day that the trio were heading out detecting, I produced my Google Earth print off, along with the declaration, “There’s a remote possibility that I may have identified the location of a Celtic dwelling’. My findings were met with the usual scepticism, with Alvin dubbing the field “The Celtic Field”.

The hard stony soil in “The Celtic Field” did not retain moisture and drained extremely well. Although the weather had been damp, we had not seen any serious rain fall for several weeks and locating a half decent signal was proving more difficult with each visit.

Alvin and Kit were suggesting another field with lighter soil based on the easy digging option, whereas I, on the other hand, was desperately keen to start the day on “The Celtic Field”. The serious amount of rain that had fallen the previous day would have given the ground a good soaking and fresh wet soil would potentially produce better signals!!!

Within five minutes of entering “The Celtic Field”, Alvin’s first dig of the day produced a badly worn Roman Sestertius, his second signal proved to be an extremely nice Celtic silver stater of the Durotriges tribe. Concentration levels were at a high and with the atmosphere buzzing.  Was Garry’s Celtic dwelling theory remotely possible!!!!

The scratchy signal

Alvin’s third signal was weak and scratchy with an iron buzz and after removing the turf and digging a further six inches, the signal appeared to have vanished completely, probably a plough end! Alvin filled the hole and carefully replaced the turf.

We had only been detecting for approximately twenty minutes when Alvin had another weak and scratchy signal, however, this time with the turf removed the target was still there loud and clear; bang in the middle of his twelve inch diameter excavated hole, now at a depth of approximately eight to ten inches, Alvin’s pinpointer was squealing like a goodun. Was this going to prove to be one of those annoying twelve inch deep beer cans, or had the “Celts” really been here, we were getting close!!!

Alvin very carefully continued excavating slightly deeper. The soil amongst the mass of varying sized stones was light brown in colour but, suddenly at this depth, there was a conspicuous change in colour and a four to five inch diameter circular patch of black stained soil became apparent. With a little imagination, there was also the potential edge of a grubby looking coin!!!!

Alvin was now using extreme caution and very carefully continued scraping away the brown coloured soil from around the blackened circular patch. A small egg-sized clod loosened and, in that swift moment, imagination became reality, BINGO!  Although the silver coins were heavily tarnished with verdigris and char-stained black soil, it was blatantly clear that some of these “blobs” of coins were definitely staters, half staters and quarter staters, we had achieved every detectorist’s goal, we had found a hoard!!!!

Job done

The Trio stopped digging. Unbeknown to the other members of Team Deus, Alvin had stored the area FLO number on his phone just in case this moment should ever occur!!! We made contact and were advised that a team could be at the location the next day…… we filled the hole, replaced the turf and felt extremely anxious about leaving it!!!!

Having re-buried our hoard with its unknown quantity of coins, Alvin began to re-dig the location where the signal had previously “gone quiet on him”, it was less than three metres from the now re-buried hoard. The pre-dug soil was easy to remove and at a depth of approximately eight inches, again there was still no signal; however, digging just a little deeper – “voila” the pinpointer went berserk……a heavily alloyed blob of Celtic silver weighing in at just over half a kilo. OMG … could things possibly get any better? The rest of our detecting day was rather insignificant, to say the least!!!!!

Call the in the Archaeologists

The next day Kit had arranged to meet the FLO team at a designated location and direct them to “The Celtic Field” while Alvin and I went to the hoard site to re-excavate the hole in preparation for the arrival of Richard Henry and his entourage. As the team began to congregate at our hole in the ground, I said to Alvin and two of the archaeologists who were now present “I’m just going to check a signal that I hadn’t bothered digging yesterday”.  This signal was approximately seven to eight metres from Alvin’s hoard and, not surprisingly, the weak and scratchy signal had not changed and was exactly the same as the previous day.  Can I be bothered???  For no other reason than its proximity to the first hoard, I decided to dig it anyway and the rest is now history; at between ten to twelve inches deep there was the hallmark, a four to five inch diameter circular patch of black stained soil and BINGO, the Deus Double had been achieved in twenty four hours!!!!!!

Alvin’s XP Deus hoard contained approximately one hundred and eighty silver Celtic staters, half staters, quarter staters and one solitary Celtic Gold stater, many of the coins were encrusted with verdigris and charcoal stained soil.

Garry’s hoard consisted of between eighty five to ninety encrusted silver staters along with a stunningly beautiful shard of flint blade.

Garry’s theory

The presence of the solitary gold stater and the shard of flint blade may suggest that these were not Celtic savings accounts to be dug up at a later date by fellow tribal members, the individual hoards could have potentially been gifts
to their gods.

Also, with the ground being hard, stony and incredibly difficult to dig, these four to five inch diameter holes would have been virtually impossible to create. They were probably not dug by hand but could have been made by driving burnt, pointed, wooden stakes in to the hard stony ground, changing the stakes frequently for a freshly charred, pointed implement that could relatively easily penetrate to the desired depth…….? Hence the black charcoal staining in the soil….???  Watch this space for more XP Deus adventures.

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Team XP Deus Romania have started the detecting season on a positive

The spring is here, so the Romanian Military Archaeology and Pro Detectie team joined forces for a day’s metal detecting, hoping start the season on a positive note and hopefully bring some new XP Deus discoveries to light.

We opened our spring season with a light hike, exploring an area well known to us, just in order to warm up, and get back into shape after a long and solitary winter. We were detecting in the field without any kind of expectations, mostly chatting about this and that, digging signals and making jokes, sometimes metal detecting is not all about great finds, it is about spending time with friends and enjoying life and the great outdoors.

There were 6 of us on the field, each finding few modern coins, and all using the Deus, some being very experienced with it, others being very new and enjoying their new machine.

Romanian XP Deus metal detecting clubs

At one point, one of our ‘’beginners’’ started to dig out several items of melted bronze, that was enough for us to start a more intense search of the find spot. In the past we have only discovered military items in this area, so it was a surprise to find traces of an older context.

XP Deus finds ancient treasure in Romania

The first interesting target, was a bronze ring having very fine detail, we would say probably coming from a Medieval time-frame. Shortly after the ring, and at about 50meters from the place of its discovery, we found several bronze artefacts: A very small axe head, a piece that we believe could be some sort of buckle, a small chisel and a fragment of an ornament, having one end sculpted in the form of a dog’s head; all of them in bronze.

Ancient bronze carving of a dog found with an XP Deus metal detector

The small axe was missing the blade’s edge, when we handed our finds into the museum they told us a lot about the items. They said the blade was most probably intentionally removed, during some sort of ritual, in order to not offend or threaten the god. They went on to say artefacts were coming from a scattered time period, and this was normal as the area had been inhabited for many generations dating back way beyond the Medieval period.

Ancient Medieval ring found with and XP Deus deep seeking metal detector

Ancient treasure found in Romania using a metal detectior - read the full story on the XPClassroom web site

Stay tuned, because the season has only just started! We will keep you informed about some fresh and interesting XP Deus finds as the season progresses!

Asociatia ‘’Pro Detectie’’ & Romanian Military Archeology Teams.

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XP MI-4 pin pointer product review

When XP announced the MI-4 pin point probe I was a little confused, as I already have an MI-6 and love the radio link to the Deus, why would I want to change.
Then the whole concept of the XP MI-4 was explained to me and it now makes perfect sense.

The MI-4 pin point probe from XP metal detectors | What you should know
XP have a top end product with the MI-6, but I guess that is really channelled towards the XP Deus users as it has the radio link and the expert “Deus only” features when connected.
If you do not yet own a Deus, why pay extra for the features you may not require.

You should read this before you buy a metal detecting pin point probe

The MI-4 has been designed, to offer a top quality reliable product to those who do not feel the need for a radio link in a pin point probe.

What features does the XP MI-4 pin point probe offer ?
Would you believe it has just as many as the MI-6 in the stand alone mode :

A Rechargeable lithium battery.
6 Programs.
3 power levels.
2 detect audio modes, Pitch or Pulse.
5 Minute time out mode – saves battery life.
Fast De-tune for large targets or difficult ground.
All the parts are quickly replaceable.
Waterproof up to 6 meters.
360 Detection.
A Lanyard.
A rotating holster.
2 year warranty.
The MI-4 floats.

Using a pin point probe is essential always insist on XP products

So what’s in the box

Mi-4 pin pointer
Rotating Holster with belt clip
Lanyard and USB charging lead

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The Rotating Holster

The rotating holster is a great idea as it can be worn on a belt or webbing, allowing you to rotate the probe using a ratchet mechanism, this is ideal if you find the pin pointer is uncomfortable when bending down.

MI-4 pin point probe | Just look at these features
USB Charging

Fast charging from any USB port, battery life is up to 30 hours, depending on LED / Audio / Vibrate selected.
30 Hours is a long time considering you only switch the probe on for a minute while recovering a target.

Locating a buried target using a pin point probe is much easier

The link break feature

I would like to talk about is EMI, or to be exact EMI that you cannot hear – Silent EMI.
Did you know that many probes have always used an open circuit even when they are switched off, this can silently affect the detector up to 2 meters away, unless you are looking for it you may never know this is happening, this problem is especially noticeable when using PI machines.
With the MI-4 and MI-6 the open circuit link is broken as soon as the probe is switched off eliminating any “Nulling” problems, allowing your detector to work at its optimum performance levels.

Every professional metal detectorist should have an MI-4 poin point probe from XP metal detectors

I have owned many probes over the years, and to be fair they have all done a good job, but every one of them have had some points I have not been happy with, whether it be build quality, reliability, features or performance.

I have been testing the XP MI-4 pin point probe and can honestly say it is a good tool for the job, it’s rich in features has a chunky robust feel with excellent build quality, so if you are in the market for a pin pointer you won’t go far wrong with the MI-4 from XP Metal Detectors.

Understanding the MI-6 menus and features

Accessing the functions on the MI-4 is exactly the same as the MI-6, except there is no option 7 in the menu, the video below shows the full range of MI-6 features.
It helps give a better explanation into how good this product really is.

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XP MI4……The loyal retriever

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Pascal Lebrrun rally in Belgium 2018

XP metal detectors were kindly invited to attend the Pascal Lebrrun rally in Belgium, it was gratefully accepted as this would be another opportunity to meet our customers, offer assistance, answer questions and above all thank them for supporting us and our products.

Rallye international Pascal Lebrrun 5000 hunters since 1999

The rally got underway and everyone met up at base, which was a large farmyard with refreshments and seating…however this was just the meeting point, the fields were 6 kilometres away, the rally organisers had arranged buses to take everyone to the site, which was a massive task for over 400 people, but everything went to plan.

A little about Pascal Lebrrun

Pascal was a very respected member of the metal detecting community, he worked very hard to maintain a strong relationship with the Belgium authorities and Archaeologists, very much like a one man NCMD or FID.
His life ended tragically when a WWII bomb exploded.
The original Pascal Lebrrun rally was held so his family could pay for the funeral expenses and help financially support them, now the event has continued and still sealing bonds between metal detector users and the Belgium archaeologists.

Metal detecting in Belgium at the Pascal Lebrrun rally

The rally fields were perfect, with gentle grass slopes easing down to a river, there was even an ancient cave at the bottom.
Unlike UK rallies, there are strict laws in Belgium regarding metal detecting, so the event was based around finding buried tokens and then exchanging them back at base for prizes, kindly the local Archaeologist was on site to identify and record any natural finds that were discovered.
The token hunt started with a mad rush, spirits were high and it was clear everyone was having fun, cold beers were available all day I think this was just to cool everyone down as it was over 20 degrees in the sun.

Metal detecting in the hot sun with an XP Deus

After the first event, everyone caught the buses back to base for a gourmet standard amazing lunch, followed by apple pie and the first token exchange and the raffle draw, then it was back to the fields for the second hunt. This was a different field, once again with an ancient track running through it and breathtaking scenery.

Meet fellow metal detector users from all over the world at an international metal detecting event.

The second token hunt ended after 2 hours and it was then time for something we had never seen before….A pin point only hunt.

This consisted of a roped off area with buried chunks of metal, the aim was to find as many targets as possible with a pin point probe, the rules were you could not stand up during the hunt, I think this was a welcome challenge for those who had been drinking since 8.30 in the morning.
This indeed was the event of the day and so much fun.

Pascal Lebrrun metal detecting event pin pointer hunt

After the pin point hunt had ended  it was time for the final prize draw back at base, some fantastic items were on display, then it was time for more food. This time it was a barbecue once again to the highest standards, we continued until about 10.00 o’clock and that was us finished, but the party was still going way beyond that.

Metal detecting pictures of XP Deus users at a Belgium rally

What a fantastic event and a massive thanks to the organisers who worked so hard to make this happen, it was good to see that at least 80% of detectorists were using XP, everyone I talked to were more than happy with our products and had no intentions of changing. Thanks for all your feedback regarding future requirements and a massive thanks for your warm hospitality and for supporting XP, we hope to meet up with you all again very soon.

An XP Deus user at the Pascal Lebrrun metal detecting rally 2018

Hopefully we can have an invite for next year and bring along some fellow detectorists from the UK

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Viva La France at the Pascal Lebrrun metal detecting rallye

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2 Bronze aged axe heads

Sue had an amazing find with her XP Deus when she attended the Southern Seekers metal detecting event in Salisbury, well I say an amazing find, it was actually amazing finds. She found not one but two Bronze aged axe heads less than a foot apart.
The day started off very quiet, Sue used her XP Deus on the Deep program it wasn’t long before the machine gave a suspicious signal with a disrupted XY line with several angles, but once she worked the coil over the exact centre it was soon apparent that it was worth digging, but she had no idea it would be treasure.

The XP Deus metal detector can find deep treasure
At about 9″ deep she instantly knew what it was looking back at her…A Bronze aged axe head in fantastic condition, once the celebration was over with her husband Chris she hit another signal just inches away, it was another axe head.
Quickly the marshals marked an area for them to search, others looked on as they scanned the area for more targets, sadly nothing else came up.

Look at this amazing ancient treasure found with an XP Deus metal detector

I cant believe my luck Sue said she picked up lots of information from the XP skill School day near Newbury organised by Leisure Promotions and believes it really helped her become confident with the XP Deus.

Sue finds ancient treasure from the Bronze age
The axe heads are believed to be middle bronze age and known as Palstave would have been made in a mould, not long back one of our XP testers Gary Cook found an in tact axe mold which is a very rare find.

Rare bronze aged axe head molds found with an XP Deus
Once moulded they would have possibly been tethered to a wooden handle with leather then a tree resin applied to harden the fixing, Ash was a common wood used back then.
Here is an interesting article about axes through the ages  The History of the Axe

XP Deus metal detectors | Another treasure story
Because 2 items have been found it is declared as treasure, Sue now has 14 days to report the find to her local FLO or the Museum.

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This whole event taught me to trust the Deus and never assume

Ancient coins found with an XP Deus metal detector

I guess for most of us the real drive related to metal detecting is connecting with the unknown

It’s amazing to think that we will never know what remarkable treasures the soil hides.
I must admit that many times I have the obsessive thought that maybe something incredible could have laying buried just 10cm outside my Deus search swing, sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when that thought is in your mind. This article is kind of a follow up from my earlier post called “Metal detecting trust your feelings” recently published on the XP Classroom blog.
People know me as Vorax I am a proud member of the Pro Detectie association in Romania, as a group we work alongside the local museums to protect our countries heritage and share the history we have uncovered, without the assistance of high performance metal detectors, none of our amazing discoveries would have seen the light of day.

I must admit that when I began metal detecting I had a clear vision, and that was to find something truly memorable and important for my country’s history and heritage. I have had some very good luck in my ”MD career”, I can’t deny that, sometimes I just become complacent about finds, even if they were pretty nice. As it often happens in life, my period of numb self-sufficiency changed in a blink of an eye on a normal day.

Searching the desserted forrest with the XP Deus metal detector

For some months I’ve been searching inland and beaches, my inland search had been mainly exploring the same area, in which are three forests close to each other, one considerably big and two smaller. I spent about two months prospecting the big forest, without any notable finds, beside few modern coins and items, mostly cheap jewellery from ca. 1900.  I kept going back there, because the landscape was beautiful and the forests are very clean, every visit was a true joy ride. After another month in the big forest, I decided to try to change my luck and start to search the smaller forest out of the three.

The first day in the small forest was no different; very clean soil, very few signals. At some point, I decided to work towards the opposite side, more exactly an area clearly showing as odd shaped object on my GPS screen.

After a short walk my GPS told me I had reached the spot, believe it or not but the very first signal there, was the one that changed my fortune.  A very strong and stable signal, jumping across three tone ranges on my custom Deus Fast program. From the beginning I was sure that the signals were coming from multiple separate targets, I was receiving a clear 65-70 value, but also a collection of faint ones at about 40-55. I initially thought that most probably would be some sort of shallow trash pit, but I began to dig with a big grin on my face, why the big grin ? All I can say is I was having an unexplainable feeling that something uncommon was in that pit… and I was right.

After digging down, I spotted the ”grey light”, I was sure that I was seeing Silver in the hole. Multiple large objects of Silver were sat there at around 10/15cm deep right before my eyes: Brooches with gem stones and Gold detail, rings and other various jewellery, both in Silver and Gold. I was stunned, but needed to compose myself because more signals were still there in the same hole. I detached the lower rod from my Deus and started to work very slowly and methodically with just the coil …..Genius idea !

Ancient jewellery found with an XP Deus metal detector

At a glance I estimated the jewellery to date back to somewhere to the medieval period, but something even more incredible happened. When the jewellery pieces were all recovered, I started to pick up coins, which were located under the jewellery hoard, and they were not common coins, but 13 silver Thasos Tetradrachm, dating back to about 400-480BC.

Ancient coins found with an XP Deus metal detector

I was in a dream state of mind, it was an unbelievable moment and a truly unique feeling. When I handed all the materials to the National Museum of Romanian History, they suggested that the mixed periods could have been related to a medieval thief and some stolen goods.

Trust your xp Deus metal detector it will lead you to treasure
Possibly a wealthy medieval family having some ancient coins in their collection, who had been possibly robbed. But the most interesting piece from the hoard, was a small oval Silver medallion, displaying some engraved inscriptions related to Saint Ambrose and containing some bone fragments and human hair.

Thanks XP to my Deus and indeed to XP for making a powerful lightweight machine, capable of working the most difficult terrain. After the discovery buzz was gone, I understood that the fast target separation of the Deus made me aware that multiple targets were in the hole, perhaps with a slower machine it would have registered something completely different. This whole event taught me to trust the Deus and never assume! That jumpy signal…. You know it could be trash but on the other hand it may not !

Cornel ”Vorax”
from the ”Pro Detectie” Association.

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Terry finds a unique Iron age brooch with his XP Deus

Terry finds a unique Silver Iron age brooch with his XP Deus

On a warm November afternoon in 2017 i thought i would get a couple of hours metal detecting in, so off I went to a permission I have done a few times before.
All I found was the usual buttons and a Vicky penny so decided to go up the hill and try my luck. After a short while I got a great signal and started to dig down about 6-7 inches,when I turned the turf over there it was gleaming in the sunlight I thought it was a Roman brooch so I took some pictures, carefully removed it from the clod and put it in my finds pouch.

I contacted my local FLO and could not believe what they were saying

I carried on for another hour or so but the excitement got to much for me so I packed up and went home. I contacted my Finds Liaison Officer and sent him the photographs. I was really not prepared for the reply.

“WOW that is a great brooch, there are similar brooches called P-Shape which are Roman, these examples have a separate spring that is wrapped around a detachable bar mounted at the top of the head.

However your example has an integral spring that has been cast on the bow, this is typical of the La Tene II type brooches of the middle Iron Age and are very rare. There are only 11 on there database for the whole of the country, none are silver. there are silver examples known but I’ve never seen one, even in a museum”.

Metal detectind with the XP Deus | Another fantastic rare find from the iron age

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Metal detecting trust your feelings

Follow to your soul and you may be rewarded

I must say from the moment I picked up my first machine metal detecting has been a very satisfying hobby. No, not economically satisfying, but more like a window for the soul….. and also bonus for my country’s historical heritage.

I firmly believe that I’m a lucky guy, besides having a loving family, I’ve encountered several situations that have made others say ‘’man, you’re truly lucky’’.
So, keeping that in mind, I’ve entered the metal detecting world with a slightly different outlook to many others.

I started the hobby with a cheap machine, just in order to see if the activity would suit me. Even in the early days, I was struck by an image, an advertising image, it was a new metal detector that pushed the boundaries to another level; that detector was the XP Deus, and from the very first moment I saw it, I knew that it will become MY metal detector. Lots of other manufacturers based their advertising around glossy pictures and the promises of more performance and deeper treasure, which even as a beginner made me think twice. But this machine had no hype, just facts and the best advertising campaign available…..The customer.

Some recent XP Deus finds
XP Deus users have recovered some fantastic treasures over the years - this is just a small example

The day came when I finally got my hands on my very own Deus, and since then a long series of lucky shots accompanied me on my journey. I won’t describe every nice coin or interesting artefact I’ve discovered, but I will over a series of articles show you my more important finds that have kept my passion for History alive, and I think the equipment I am using is partly responsible for this. I say partly because there is a lot of luck involved with this hobby…..Plus I believe you can change your luck by focusing on your own feelings, I will explain more in a while.

In another article I will talk about a very interesting Medieval hoard consisting of Gold and Silver jewellery, plus all sorts of other valuables, this time I present to you a ‘’classic metal detectorists dream’’, a big, silver coin hoard.

The day

It was a cold January day with clear skies, in my mind I pictured detecting a forest, so that was just what I did. I had been looking at a particular site for some time so I headed in that direction. Most of the time I go detecting alone so on this day it was just me, my little jeep and the Deus.

Vorax the lucky guy
metal detecting can be a lonely hobby if you find treasure there is no one to share the experience with....Just you and your XP Deus

After few hours of searching with my XP Deus I had very few signals (mostly trash or modern coins) I started to have a strange feeling, it’s hard to explain, a mixture between energy and desire, I have experienced this many time before: I felt that something good will happen to me on THAT day, in THAT forest. I have talked with people and read many times about the detectorists having such feelings, or should I say strong sensations, I personally believe this is something we all have the abilities to uncover.
With this feeling in my mind, I continued to search with only 2 available hours of daylight left, (in January everything is dark by 5.00pm, and you don’t want to be alone in the forest…).

Surprisingly or not, that good feeling was once again spot on: A very loud and jumpy signal came from base of a tree, I carefully excavated the area and there it was a hoard of silver coins, most of them Ottoman but also Austrian, Spanish, Russian and few Romanian ones. A total of 596 coins cumulating 12,5 kg of silver. I was in shock but not 100%, because in a strange way having carried the “Detectorists feeling” with me I knew that something incredible was going to happen, so in a way it was not a complete surprise.

Follow your dreams
XP Deus finds another amazing treasure

The entire hoard was handed to the Romanian National Museum of History in Bucharest (I attach also a document related to that) and for me it was just another incredible day that gave me incredible memories. I’m lucky, yes, it’s true, because when I get old I will have some very interesting stories to tell; hopefully I will be believed…..

Certificate of recording

My advice to fellow detectorists out there is follow your feelings, if something feels different while detecting don’t ignore it, there may be greater powers out there giving you a sign.

Thanks XP for such incredible machine, which for me has not only been the compass to my success but made this hobby so much more enjoyable.

Cornel ‘’VORAX’’ from the Pro Detectie Association

Team XP metal detectors Romania

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