The XP Deus – metal detecting for WWII militaria a find of a lifetime

It’s somehow hard to start this metal detecting story, because it is related to such an incredible moment for me and my team, the emotions we felt during the events are something that can’t be described but only lived.

As a preface, I want to highlight once more a significant aspect related to the XP Deus. The vast majority of those who use the machine are oriented to discoveries related to ”old stuff”, like ancient or medieval targets, but the Deus can be successfully deployed also in other contexts. Regular readers of the XP blogs know the RMA are a team specialized in the recovery of military artefacts related to both WW1 and WW2, all within the Romanian territory. We work very closely with our local museums and the community.

We don’t dig randomly, we study every detail of our targeted areas, but the most important part is to gather information. Sometimes we gather valuable information from military history books or archives, school manuals or stories told directly by veterans.

After we put together enough information related to the location of a WW2 German headquarters, we decided to give it a try. On our first visit we managed to achieve some good results: all sorts of mixed materials, apparently garbage, but in fact very important, because this confirmed that in German troops were stationed in the area.

The ”playground” was a not very big forest, with almost flat ground and a surrounding field. In the centre we discovered several trenches and shelters dug into the ground. We came back the next day, and focused our search on an area that was littered with signals, but most important…there was a lot of brick on the surface.

Four of us (me included) were using a custom ”Fast” program, with medium discrimination, 5 tones, 11Khz and most important 2,5 reactivity. This new reactivity option, included in the V4 update, was a perfectly balanced speed for such context. We started to hear so many signals, most of them very strong and high pitched: pieces of aluminium, buttons, coins, all sorts of parts coming from bigger mechanisms and so on. We had to dig every signal, because in a Militaria context even a metal scrap may prove to be something interesting.

Most of the signals were almost on the surface or at very shallow depth, so everything depended on the Deus recovery speed and discrimination. We found clear signs of intense activity in that area, but nothing suggesting fighting, no empty shells, shrapnel or battle-damaged material. I received a very strong 95 signal, I was convinced that another aluminium ”piece of useless something” was under my coil, but it wasn’t so.

On the surface, just under the leaves, a German Flak badge (this badge was awarded to servicemen of the Flak artillery who distinguished themselves in action against enemy aerial or ground attacks), complete and in incredible condition. I was totally hyped by the discovery but in the same time aware that there could be more, and this time I was right.  Only a few meters from the badge spot, another Flak badge, identical to the previous one; we just brushed them with some water & vinegar mix (yes, we carry such stuff on the field) and they were…like new!

At this point high signals were everywhere, we needed to contain our excitement, because it was clear that something big was happening.

Behind a big rock, I managed to recover a German Gorget in use by the military police, then a few meters from it I started to find German Iron Crosses of second class (EK2, awarded for a single act of outstanding combat bravery above and beyond the call of duty). There was a lot of confusion in our walkie-talkies, everyone was screaming in the same time from different spots of the same area ”My God, I have found several iron crosses”.

We were in a dream state of mind, a weird situation because it was a scenario many of us often dream about, and it was happening in real-time: ”How could it be to find tens of decorations in one hole?”, now we know that.

We’ve found the exact location of a German commandment, where many materials were dropped and left behind, most probably when they had to retreat in a hurry from their positions. All the decorations were ”unused”, not yet awarded, probably stacked for future use. We were glad to donate part of the discovery to the local history museum, offering them all the information we gathered on and from the field.

We will get back to you with more details related to this discovery.


Thanks XP once more, the Deus proved again its qualities!
Daniel from the Romanian Military Archaeology Team – RMA

MY XP Deus experience

By Rob Johnson

I started detecting in 2009 with a basic metal detector that was a Father’s Day gift from my sons. Over the next few years I had two other detectors and was finding items and coins, but one day while in Regtons, Birmingham I was talking to Nigel Ingram about my detecting and he showed me the Deus.  I had a play around with it in the shop, it seemed a lot more advanced than the other detectors with its wireless technology, and the control box was so small.

A while later my good friend from North Yorkshire (who I had met on the  MDF forum in 2012) John Leary told me he had just been to Regtons to buy one. Each year John and I visit each other’s permissions for a day out detecting together. That year while visiting me I had a go with his Deus in the field. I started watching online videos and at first it seemed a complex machine to use?  Then I found the XP training videos by Gary, after watching them over a few times it did not seem so complex after all. In 2015 I returned to Regtons to buy mine. I went for the 11” coil and SW5 head phones. The 10 pre-set programs were easy to understand and once I had gone through the menus at home it seemed even easier to use.

All my sites are pasture so I decided to start with GMP (program 2. V3).  On my second time out using this high tech detector I found my first roman brooch. The Deus has made me some very nice finds over the past 2 years. I returned to one permission I had called done, to see if I could find any more items using the Deus which was a in the grounds of an old hall from the medieval period. My last signal was near a tree that I know I had gone over before, my first thoughts on seeing a glint of the silver coin 7” down was it’s a 20p, but in fact it was a hammered  Henry VII  in perfect condition. This year I found a rare silver stock buckle, 1780s. Each year we go to Cornwall and stay next to a very popular beach which I have permission to detect on. I questioned myself, how would the Deus perform on the wet and dry sand as this beach which had an average of 5 detectorists a day on it while we were there? The answer was, No problem. By then I have discovered Gary’s Hot program and this proved to be a great choice for me. See the result for yourself

I go about my detecting a little bit differently than most. On my first farm permission the farmer suggested I write a book about the history and what I was finding. So I started writing and showing the finds I was making. After 6 years and over 39 permissions the final part of the book with some interesting finds and historical stories is finished. Anyone who is interested, it’s all free just drop me an e mail to:
And I will send a returning mail with the part attached as a PDF.

I ride a scooter so travelling to my sites was difficult with the old detector in a long bag on my back, I even tried to break it down to carry it but that was to time consuming. But with the Deus it’s just so simple with no wires  to worry about and with its folding system  it all goes under the seat, I made my own spade from two old spades I had which also fits under the seat , with my ruck sack in the back box I am ready to go.

This year I upgraded to V4. My standard set up is Gary’s Hot program in 12kh I use the XY screen as I feel this just gives you a little more information. I do have other programs stored each side of this program, it’s easy to switch between to check odd signals. The whole set up is so versatile, light, fast, rechargeable and easy to use. I would not to use any other brand now.

As for accessories the MI-6 pinpointer looks the perfect partner for the Deus, again with so much advanced technology built in. Something I shall be looking at acquiring in the near future to complete my detecting.

Here are some of my favourite finds using the XP Deus

A Silver Georgian buckle 1780s ( This was in the Searcher Oct 17) Found in the grounds behind a house that was built and lived in by a Mr Lynam 1825. His father was Samuel Lynam. The stamped initials on the buckle are S.L.

A Polden Hill Roman brooch 75-175-AD I found two one mile apart.

A ring made from an old half-crown. It has the farmer’s father’s initials on it.
One thought it could have been made by the Italian POW‘s as they worked on this farm during the war.

Bepler Regiment 1808-16 Georgian officer coat button. Local militia.

Coin weight for 20 shillings gold coin of Charles I 1624-33.

Several early children’s toys

Henry VII silver hammered groat 1493-5 Canterbury mint.

Inlet & exhaust valves for the Merlin engine, Dumped in the area post WWII

Three rings all beach finds,  (centre rose Gold ) all reported not claimed.

A vast collection of coins.

Dutch Detecting Association Silver Jubilee Rally report

Dutch Detecting Association

By Klaas John Botas
Creator of SpooneyWorld

Last weekend the Dutch Detecting Association (D.D.A.) celebrated their Silver Jubilee. Around 500 people attended the event which took place in the little Dutch town called Zeeland. The D.D.A. was founded in 1992, The main goal was (and still is) to improve the relationship between Archaeologist and Detectorists and getting more finds reported to the authorities and give our hobby a strong foundation.

The past few years have been a busy time for the D.D.A. as they have been very closely involved in getting the PAN* system started.
*PAN is best to be described as the Dutch equivalent of the English PAS system.

The celebration

Being it the 25th anniversary, the club had a special detecting event organized for it’s members. People could go outside to detect for hidden tokens to get a chance of winning some great prizes, including an XP Deus. Besides having a great day out, the club also presented a new club detecting finds book to the 6 honourable members, who played important roles for the club over the years. The presentation was also the kick-off of sending every D.D.A. member the same book for free.

Trade stands

Besides detecting, there were a lot of things to see and do, dealers from The Netherlands had lots to display and had a chance to meet up with their customers, it was good to see Gary Blackwell from XP at the event offering Dutch Detectorists tips and tricks to get even more out of there XP Deus detectors.
It was good to see the advantages of the high frequency coils demonstrated in real time, along with a detailed explanation of the new version 4.1 ground sensitivity feature.

Finds and identification

There was a side room specially for identifying and recording finds, this was very popular with those who attended, it gave them a chance to bring in finds and have them recorded and professionally identified.

Overall the DDA metal detecting event was a great success, everybody enjoyed themselves, many took away some fantastic prizes.
Thanks to all those who made this event possible.

Netherlands rally report 2017

This event was sponsored by XP and organised by DJ Laan and their team.

This was my second visit to a DJ Laan event, after last years successful XP sponsored rally I could not refuse another chance to meet up with my good friends Dirk Jan and his son Mathijs.
The event was held at a small town called Spijkerboor in the north of the Netherlands, the event location was surrounded by some beautiful countryside and Dutch charm.

By 9am most people had arrived and ready to detect.
The event was to be a token hunt, when a token was found it was then exchanged for raffle numbers and entered into the prize draw.
The tokens were buried weeks before the event so no footprints could be seen on the ground.

Before the rally, everyone was gathered together for a team talk, we managed to get some XP users together for a group photo, then everyone was escorted along the road to the token fields.
The marshals did a fantastic job of ensuring everyone’s safety and making the event very enjoyable.

We had  a very busy day on the XP stand, thanks to everyone for their continued support.
There was a lot of interest about the new Deus version 4.1 update and our latest products such as the HF coils and the MI-6 pin pointer.
We talked a lot about the new ground sensitivity feature and customers had the chance to see the HF coil demonstrations showing its real capabilities.

It was good to see the comradery between the Dutch detectorists, they are great ambassadors for the hobby, everyone I talked to said the event was well supported and the hospitality was fantastic.
So it’s a big thanks to everyone at DJ Laan for making it happen.

After lunch most people went out again to try to find some more tokens, they returned late afternoon for the prize draw, there were many XP prizes up for grabs.
Every Deus user went away with an XP gift, many of the prizes were generous donations directly from DJ Laan

After everyone had left, the team all sat down for an evening meal and discussed the days events, it was good to see the strong sense of community between them, thanks everyone for the invite and for making me feel very welcome.

I would like to thank everyone who attended the event it was good to see so many XP users.
Not to forget the DJ Laan team who made it all possible.

Piet Basjes – Roy Hutters – Natasja Hutters – Cees Ouwehand – Gijs Jan van Hemert – Angela van Maastricht – René Verhoef – Willem Cirkel – Pauline Versteeg


XP MI-6 review from Michele

Sometimes metal detector users simply do not like change, and carry on with the mind-set of “if it works, leave it alone’’. I am exactly the same and have been battling on with the same probe for the last two and a half years.
I have mostly been using the Pro Pointer, maybe I was just unlucky, but for me the whole experience was not great, the unit was very pressure sensitive and the rubber switch started to deteriorate very quickly.
It was no big deal but in the back of my mind it was eating away at me.

XP MI-6 – The purchase

At first, I was sceptical, because I had assumed it was going to be a big step from using a very basic probe to a unit with several programs and options. But suddenly I remembered how ‘’concerned’’ I was before buying the Deus; I thought it was going to be an over complicated machine, fragile and ‘’not for me’’, I bought it despite all my fears and that decision paid off big time.

You can look at the MI-6 like a miniaturized Deus; After you become familiar with few basic options and settings, you will be able to configure it as you like. Once more, the XP products represent versatility and think of the customers requirments no matter hat skill level they are.
If you are already a Deus user, and want the best options available, the MI-6 is the missing link for a perfect setup. It can be used as a normal pinpointer, but it can also be paired with the Deus to make it into something very special.
The probe has 7 user settings, program 7 allows the user to hear the pointer’s signals through the Deus headphones, along with a dedicated display on your Deus RC showing easy to understand graphics indicating the distance from the target.

Research mode

Imagine you find something extraordinary, you start running with your Deus in one hand and the find in the other one, searching for some friend in order to show him what you have just found. After the field celebrations and the tons of mobile phone pictures, you realize that you’ve lost your MI-6; you’re in the forest, all the trees look the same and…it’s gone. With the new Deus menu – Options- Pinpointer– Research mode you have your chance.
By accessing the ‘’Research mode’’, you’ll be able to locate your MI-6, which will continue to transmit a signal for several weeks, even if the MI-6 was switched off when lost.

If you want to go even further in terms of options, you can access more MI-6 settings from the Deus remote, being able to change it’s tone pitch or sensitivity. I would like to say a few more words about the “Advanced” sensitivity options.
By accessing the MI-6 sensitivity setting from the Deus remote unit, you will be able to select several values, and test them live on some targets, even at home. When I reached a sensitivity value of 50, a nickle sized coin was clearly detected at about 8-9 cm, while the detection of small targets such as silver fragments, dramatically increased during my tests.

For the first time, I feel that a pinpointer LED light isn’t useless. The MI-6 light is truly bright and very practical.
If you do not own a Deus, the MI-6 is still a good choice as it has built in – 3 levels of sensitivity, vibrate, 2 pitch options and 6 available programs, this probe is a winner.
I would also like to mention that the MI-6 is submersible up to 6 meters, so it will appeal to the more serious underwater searchers.
There is no need to need to say how the design is beautiful, and the materials are top quality….Just say it’s from XP !

As with many other XP products, most of the MI-6 parts are replaceable, and the battery life is fantastic, it is charged exactly like the Deus, using the supplied USB cable.

The guys at XP have not reinvented the wheel, but simply made it better.
It is certainly more sensitive and responsive to small targets, I guess it needs to be having seen the sensitivity of the HF coils.
Another little, nice feature is the ”action” belt clip, which rotates 360 degrees.

The integration with the Deus and knowing future features are an option make the MI-6 the best pin pointer available on today’s market

About the RMA team

Our team specialize mostly in recovering militaria we are proud to work alongside local archaeologists and museums, our combined team have vast experience in all types of metal detecting so it was good to put the MI-6 through it’s paces.
We have been using the MI-6 for nearly 2 months now, and have tested it by allowing each different member of our team use it and give their honest opinions.
The feedback was good, all of the team were very impressed; some said the MI-6 was so nice it was a pity using it in the soil 🙂

We found that running the MI-6 at a higher sensitivity level offered a big advantage, it helped us to locate some big targets at depth, allowing us to carefully excavate them with a hand trowel hand trowel without risking damage from the spade.

By quickly pressing the on/off button repeatedly, allowed us to de-tune the probe for accurate target location.

So from team RMA the MI-6 gets a big thumbs up!

Go grab one, you won’t regret it.

Michele from the Romanian Military Archeology Team

My favourite XP Deus discoveries

I have always made a point to stay out of the metal detecting media, believing that the most important part for me is to practice the hobby in a conservative professional manner.
It always makes me proud to enrich my country’s patrimony. I love the feeling and excitement when I make a discovery, and enjoy working alongside our local museum. It’s good to see their delight when I hand over some fascinating items.
I have written this article because I would like to share with you two great discoveries that the XP Deus has recently found me.

My Silver coin hoard

The first one is an ancient coin cache, consisting of 42 Silver Tetradrachms, dating II-IIIBC. The coins were made by the Dacians, and are imitations of the Macedonian coins, depicting Filip II. They are indexed as ”Prundu-Jiblea” type, having a diameter of about 4,5/5cm and a weight of 11,5/12,3gr.

I remember very well the moment I discovered them, because it was one of the very first signals of the day: On the day of the discovery I took a left turn to pass a small ravine, I had been prospecting the forrest for weeks, eventually the Deus led me to this area due to the fantastic audio feedback. I could hear it was infested with old iron, so I started to work the iron signals in order to better understand that place’s background and it’s… ”rhythm”. I was convinced that somewhere in that area there had to be ancient activity, it was just a matter of being patient, and then the strategy paid off with an amazing discovery I located the coins in a spot between a few trees.The treasure was handed to the Romanian National Museum of History, and eventually used as a photo book cover for a volume of numismatics edited by the museum.

My unusual engraved ring

My second best find is a ring, an unusual one. The story of its discovery is pretty common, almost boring: I was scanning what I believed to be an old road leading into a forest, when I
I picked a nice clear signal, the Deus reported about 80-85 and that was the ring, located at a 10cm depth. The most interesting part is related to the ring’s detail,  I was later informed by the museum’s specialists that the ring shows some interesting engraving stating ”Logofat Nicolae” meaning ”Chancellor Nicholas”, attributing the ring way back to medieval times. But the nice part is that the stone from the face of the ring revealed an ancient Roman cameo, so a very nice…hybrid!


For sure that ring was worn by an important figure from the past, not only because of the engravings, but also considering the workmanship on it and intrecate Gold detail.

I have five other brands of metal detectors, but all my important discoveries have been made with the Deus; It could be only a coincidence but it is also a clear fact.

Most of the time I am running a “Fast custom” program or a slightly modified “Goldfield”, for deeper scanning, thanks to XP for this incredible machine!

Anduril Cristian from the ”Pro Detectie” Association.

XP Deus HF elliptical coil review

Will it take the Deus to another level ?

The XP Deus 9.5” x 5” elliptical HF coil is a long awaited addition to the range of coils available for the Deus. With a smaller footprint than the standard 9” coil and a higher frequency range up to 80khz this coil unlocks even more potential from the Deus to get in amongst the iron on busy sites and to detect deeper into mineralised soils.

I know exactly where to take the Deus with the HF elliptical coil

When I received my new coil, I knew exactly where to take it. One of the fields we have permission to detect was once the site of a Medieval manor house and a small area had recently been set with maize for bird cover. Sitting within a field of 3′ high wheat crop, this was a real detecting oasis at the end of summer. We had hit this patch hard over the previous month, with both the standard and HF 9” coils, and the soil is naturally mineralised and chock full of both large and small iron targets. It should be a perfect test for the elliptical coil.

The search – Choosing a good set up

I started my search with my 2 tone HF program at 75khz but soon found I had to back off the sensitivity to 85 to enable the Deus to run smoothly. From the outset I was digging tiny pieces of lead that were giving great signals. It’s always a revelation when new technology shows you what you what you have been missing and I was reminded of when I first took a Deus on a site that we had ‘worked out’ with the Goldmaxx Power. I spent time checking signals with the lower frequencies and almost all the targets were invisible to 14khz and 30khz. Occasionally I would get an iffy response from 30khz, but switching back to 75khz turned them into definite ‘diggers’.  High mineralisation levels on this site mean that the GB needs to be run quite low in order to achieve the best depth, making my 2 tone program quite unstable.  I switched over to HOT, and what a difference the HF coils make to this program! At 75khz the target ID’s are boosted right up. Small, low conductive items now generate a higher tone, making them much easier to pick out from bad ground. Running with the discrimination at -6.4, the field was alive with the low tones from iron but the non-ferrous targets clearly shone through. In a little over 3 hours of searching I recovered 62 non-ferrous targets from this patch, all previously missed, including a tiny hammered silver halfpenny of Elizabeth I.

Next trip out I decided to test the elliptical in ‘normal’ conditions, a flat field where we have found a few nice items in the past but was not the site of any major activity. Using 75khz was a nightmare here, time after time I was digging down to find tiny pieces of shot from shotgun shells. I switched to my HF Deep program (2 tone, reactivity 2, 14khz) and soon started to cover more ground, digging larger and deeper items. The 9.5” length of the coil allows decent ground coverage and with a normal sweep speed it feels very light indeed. Depth at these settings is quite good and my deepest find of the day was a George II halfpenny at 9”. I reburied the coin at 10” and was still able to pick it up, though not with the same clarity. Although I would usually prefer a larger coil in these circumstances I had a very enjoyable day, finding an Anglo-Saxon pin, Anglo-Saxon strap-end and an Elizabeth I sixpence. Lisa, using the same set up, recovered two hammered coins and a fabulous Roman fantail brooch from 7” deep.

Summing up – My personal thoughts

Since then, we’ve both used the ellipticals on a variety of sites and they are proving very effective. Used as our primary choice for the most difficult Roman and Celtic sites or for mopping up the missed finds from productive areas, they have been responsible for some very nice finds. The pinpointing is so precise and it really locks on to even the tiniest target. The extreme sensitivity of this coil at 75khz can be a curse if used in the wrong circumstances but on the right site, when searching for small gold and silver, it’s deadly!

Adam Staples/Lisa Grace UK


West Coast Detecting Belgium rally review

 I was kindly invited to Belgium by West Coast Detecting as they had organised a rally with Pit Stop in the town of Opwijk.

West Coast Detecting are based in De Panne and have a very well stocked shop, they have a very large following which was clearly visible on the day.
Christophe went on to say, “most of our customers are also good friends, it is good to see everyone together for this event”
You can visit their Facebook page here West Coast Detecting

People started to arrive early in the morning, I was happy to see so many XP users attending this event, it was a great opportunity to meet customers in person and discuss the hobby and our products.
Christophe Decoussemaeker the owner of West Coast Detecting gathered everyone together and gave them a pre-dig talk and wished everyone good luck.

The rally got underway with everyone keen to find some tokens, the fields also contained some natural finds so there was something for everyone.
In total1400 tokens were buried over several fields, every token found was exchanged for a raffle ticket which then went into the prize draw.
There was plenty of tokens for everyone, so the chances of winning something nice was very high.

The rally was split into 2 sections, 1 dig before lunch and then another dig after lunch, and wow what a lunch !


The organisers spared no expense and hired a professional catering team, who did a fantastic job of feeding hungry detectorists until they could eat no more.
The weather held out for the second part of the dig, everyone went back into the fields for a last chance to find some more tokens before the raffle draw.

The day moved very fast and it was soon time for the raffle, there were lots of prizes to win, some were provided by sponsours others were provided by West coast detecting and Harry and Kristal from Pit Stop.

Everyone enjoyed this familly metal detecting event, it was good to see the comradery between fellow detectorists, it reminded me what a great hobby this is. I met so many great people, not just from Belgium, but from France and the Netherlands who travelled up for the day.
I have to say everyone who attended were very professional and great ambassadors for our hobby.

The rally sponsours

I would like to thank everyone for making me feel very welcome and for suppoprting XP.
And a special thanks to Christophe and his wife Stephanie, Harry, Kristel and Tony from the Pit stop team, Nancy for the photographs, and all the people who made this fantastic event possible.
Sorry if I missed anyone out.

The raffle draw

Nearly all the tokens were recovered and exchanged for tickets, Christophe called the raffle numbers which was a long process as there were so many prizes on offer, at the end of the event his voice was almost finished.

Keep a look out for next year’s West Coast Detecting event, it will definitely be one for your diary.

2 Bronze Age axe head moulds

To discover a mould for an Bronze age axe head is a very rare find, in the same week we had 2 reports from Deus users, both from different parts of the country.
Bronze axe heads were made by casting, early examples appeared to be very similar to its stone predecessors but then evolved and developed a socket for the wooden handle to fit into, and a small loop or ring to make lashing the two together easier. Groups of unused axes are often found together, suggesting ritual deposits to some, though many archaeologists believe that elite groups collected bronze items, perhaps restricting their use among the wider population.

Our first find was from a good friend and member of our XP test team Gary Cook, here is his story.

I was out on a local permission of mine using my Deus with the 11″ coil and version 4, I was using a 2 tone program with a discrimination of 5.5.  After about an hour I had a few Roman Grots in my bag when I get a clear loud signal reading about 95 on the Remote. Thinking it was a large piece of lead imagine my shock when only 2 ” below the surface I see what I think at first is an Axe Head. On Closer inspection I can not believe what I am looking at it’s a Mould for a Palstave Axe Head. Extremely Rare and in fantastic condition, Its dated from around 1800 to 2500 BC. I wonder how many Axe Heads it has made.

Another Great find for my Deus.

Our second story was sent in by George who is from Wales, incredibly he found both halves with his XP Deus here is his story

Both halves of a Bronze Age axe mould find

I have been having trouble getting new permissions in my area, but have been keeping my eye on a farm for a while. The farmer doesn’t live there and seldom visits,  I noticed him one day in a top field tending to his sheep, so I decided to wait by the bottom gate and try my luck with him on his return. After about 40 minutes he finally headed back to the gate I was at and on his

After about 40 minutes he finally headed back to the gate, I opened the gate for him and asked for two minutes of his time. I t turned out he was very interested in what I had to say and very knowledgeable about the area in general and gave me permission to go on his land wishing me well before driving off.

Having my Deus and all my gear in the boot I set off across the first field, at less than an hour into searching I received a cracking signal, registering in the early nineties on my machine. I carefully started digging down and after 10 inches down the soil layer turned into clay and sand. At around 16 to 18 inches I was about to give up, but with my next spade full of earth I unearthed 2 large pieces of metal side by side, I could clearly see bronze on one of them. I removed them carefully having no idea what they were, they were very heavy and caked in clay.

After a further 45 minutes with these heavy weights dragging my bag down I decided to head home and see what I had. After carefully washing the mud and clay away I sent a picture to my son who recognized them immediately for what they were, both halves of a Bronze Age Palstave Axe head mould.

One week later they are now in the hands of an excited FLO (Finds Liaison Officer) and I am busy searching for more but without much luck.What a fascinating hobby metal detecting is as you never ever know what that signal is going to be when you detect something. And who knows what will appear next.


XP Deus top tip

Program number 10 on the Deus is called Goldfield is one of your deepest programs, it uses less filtering than the discriminating programs such as GMP and Deus fast.
Disc IAR is an iron rejection and at a maximum setting of 5 it will reject most Iron.
Using Goldfield for hoard hunting takes a little practice but is well worth the effort.
Make sure you get an exact ground balance by pumping and pressing the pin point button.
Here is a video explaining Goldfield in more detail.

Andy finds a rare Medieval Gold Brooch

Early in 2016 I was metal detecting in Kirby Muxloe, where I had been given exclusive rights, when my XP Deus gave a strange jumpy signal.  My VDI readings were jumping between 40 and 70. It was wet and cold so I decided to make this one my last signal of the evening.  I went down 4-5 inches and noticed a small Gold object in the side of the hole. I remember thinking, Wow how lucky was that, as the spade only missed this item by a few millimeters.

Seeing is believing

As I carefully picked it from the soil, I could see it was an item of beauty, I shouted to my mate ‘Gold!’ He came running over and we both admired it. Our thoughts were it was Georgian or Victorian as it looked in excellent condition with superb craftmanship.  It had script on one side and white enamel with Gold motifs on the reverse. Amazingly the pin was sill intact and also made of Gold.

Later that evening my friend contacted me with and confirmed it was treasure as he had checked on my behalf with our local Finds liaison Officer (FLO). He also said he was convinced it was from the Medieval period and it was my legal duty to hand it in within 14 days to the local coroner or FLO.

At that point the nerves kicked in, I couldn’t sleep that night. I was extremely excited as this was my first treasure find. I contacted the farmer the following morning to share the good news with him. He was equally excited, he went on to say the family had farmed the land for a hundred years and were not aware of any treasure being found previously.

The brooch ended up with the British Museum who confirmed it was made between 1400 and 1490, they were very interested in the French script which translates to ‘Honour and Joy’.
The brooch was with the Museum for around ten months before they decided to ‘disclaim’ the brooch and return it to me.

The next step

After discussions with the farmer, who generously said it was my call as to next steps, I decided to put it up for auction.  Sotheby’s were extremely interested but I had, in the meantime, spoken to Adam and Lisa who are both keen metal detectorists and who run the artefacts department called Historica for Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers in Derbyshire. Adam and Lisa were very helpful and knowledgeable. They were excited by this find too.  They offered extremely favourable terms for the auction and, along with Charles Hanson himself, promised a lot of local, national and international publicity leading up to the auction date.

Here is a little information about my find:
It is a 15th century “Honour and Joy Gold Heart” brooch.

This was a Medieval gift of love born from the bloody war of the roses.

This fine piece is inlaid with enamel and engraved with the French inscription “honor et ioie” (Honour and Joy)

I discovered it using my XP Deus just outside the moat of Kirby Muxloe Castle.

The castle was built by William Hastings the first Baron Hastings and it is believed this very item once belonged to his wife Katherine Neville.
Back in medieval times jewellery of this quality was only reserved for royalty and the highest ranks of nobility.

The guide price was £6-8,000. The brooch actually sold at auction for £20,800.


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