It was a Monday morning in the middle of April 2016, the weather in Norway was beautiful.
I woke up really early desperate to try out my new XP Deus metal detector.
I decided to pay a visit to a local permission, it was all grass and used for grazing animals. Over the years I have visited this farm with many different machines.
After a couple of hours I really started to understand the Deus and started to use different settings, it wasn’t long before I heard a really sweet high tone. I carefully cut a plug of grass and placed my pin pointer in the hole, at the bottom just appearing out of the dirt was a shiny object.
Yes Silver !! I screamed, I could see it was a pendant made out of an old coin…But what was it ?
I took some pictures using my phone and sent them to a good friend who is a coin expert, less than 2 minutes later he rang me with a lot of excitement in his voice.
Harald Hardrada was according saga tradition son of King Sigurd Syr Ringerike and Åsta Gudbrandsdatter, who also was St. Olaf’s mother. At the age of 15 Harald fought with his half-brother Olav at the battle of Stiklestad. After the battle he have fled to Gardarike and then on to Constantinople, where he worked for the Byzantine emperor in 1034.
For several years, Harald fought for the emperor in Sicily and Bulgaria, and eventually served as one of the emperor’s bodyguards. When he returned home to Norway, he had accumulated great wealth. On the return journey through Gardarike he married Grand Duke Jaroslav’s daughter EllisivSo.
The only way the pendant could have come to Norway is from Harald or one of his army who possibly dropped it passing through the small village of Ronglan.
My head was in the clouds, still shaking with excitement I called my friends and family to tell them the good news, the program I used on the day was Gary’s sifter program. Johann
XP Deus USA – This is my story about finding a deep coin spill.
Greg and myself were invited to metal detect with a couple of friends (Dave and Joe) from Cameron County, Pennsylvania. I grew up there in a small town called Emporium. I travel back to that part of the state a couple of times a year to visit friends and family, go hunting, fishing, and of course, METAL DETECTING. It’s a beautiful part of the state nestled in the Allegheny mountains.
During this trip, Dave had secured a permission for us to hunt that included a potential area where an old school once stood, an old hunting camp, and an old foundation possibly dating back to the late 1800s.
At first, we all were finding loads modern brass bullets. We all came to the conclusion that a lot of shooting practice must have taken place at the hunting camp over its many years. In addition, we all dug a fair share of hunting camp trash (especially Greg).
We did end up with some really nice relics which included Greg’s toy car, Dave’s pocket knife, Joe’s axe head, a few buckles, an old rail road key and much more.
We all found a few coins which included Dave’s 1945 Mercury dime and Greg’s 2 Indian head pennies. But the coin spill really changed the day for me.
HITTING THE COIN SPILL
Like I said, most of us dug a lot of bullets that day and because they contained brass, all of them sounded great. I also tuned up my “Audio Response” to 5 because I like to hear the faint deeps signals amplified and I’m glad I did on this particular day. I came across a good signal that sounded a lot like the other bullets we were digging. However, I wasn’t registering any VDI numbers so I knew it was deep.
After getting down to about 10 inches out popped a wheat penny. I was a little disappointed because I was hoping for an Indian head since the coin was really deep. I checked the hole again with my pin pointer and there was another signal and another coin. Then there was another coin and things began to get real interesting.
I ended up pulling up 21 coins total from the same hole. It was my biggest coin spill ever. The coins ended up being all pennies but 5 of them were Indian head pennies.
The oldest one dating 1892. The rest were wheat pennies from the early 1900s but a great finds nevertheless.
MY DEUS SETTINGS:
The conditions were perfect for the XP Deus. The ground was wet, easy to dig, and almost no interference. The ground did have a lot of iron throughout the property but it wasn’t terribly bad. I set up the XP Deus with my favourite program called the MM314-12. I also have the MM314-4, MM314-8, and 18 respectfully. Each program is set up the same except the frequency which is represented by the last 2 numbers of the programs (listed above). I’ve been doing it this way to learn how some of the different frequencies react to the same target. If I feel I’m getting better results due to the ground conditions, I’ll switch programs to the one that best suits my area. Also, I really like using 5 tones and I set them up this way: (number on the left represents the tone frequency)
Tone 1 -100 0
Tone 2 – 100 0 > 28
Tone 3 – 496 28 > 60
Tone 4 – 603 60 > 77
Tone 5 – 800 77 > 99
My other settings include: Iron DISC = 0, Sensitivity = 93, Reactivity = 1, Silencer = -1 (sometimes 0). I had a difficult time ground balancing the Deus at first. I tried to manually set it by “pumping” but I couldn’t find a clean patch of ground so I ended up using “tracking” and watched the machine for a little while to see how it was tracking and then manually switched it to 81. I personally feel that you get a little more performance from setting up your ground balance manually if you can.
The XP Deus and Depth.
I was super impressed with the depth I was getting on this particular site.
Sometimes I read forums and hear people say that the Deus doesn’t go very deep – I totally disagree. It really depends on your conditions and how you have the machine set up.
On this day, 4 machines were being used. 2 AT Pros, 1 MXT, and my Deus. The other guys tried to locate the same coins I was hearing and none of their machines could hear the signals. Not even a small blip of signal could be heard by the other machines.
We were all pretty surprised and impressed with the XP and the depth it was picking up the coins. Clearly, the XP Deus had the advantage on this adventure.
You can watch adventure for yourself here :
Thanks for reading my report….Scott
Great story Scott…..Thanks for sharing.
The XP team.
XP Deus Deep settings
There are 2 question commonly asked by Deus owners:
What is the deepest program for the Deus?
How do I go deeper with the Deus?
I have based this article around these 2 questions they sound similar but are very different!
Part 1 What is the deepest program for the Deus?
Based on my experiences there is no single program to go deeper for everyone, there are too many factors to take into consideration.
A deep program may work on one persons land but may be very unstable on another’s. Some deep internet programs simply have higher sensitivity levels and the audio response turned up, this will not make the machine deeper, it will only boost the audio level on smaller targets and higher sensitivity levels can make an erratic operation.
Deep targets will sound small, so a smooth running machine is essential or you may miss a deep target thinking it is a false signal.
XP have designed 10 factory pre-set programs to give good performance and suit most world wide search scenarios…rest assured they are working on new adaptions all the time, your factory settings may very well require tweaking to enhance the performance on your site, or to make your detecting experience better suited for you.
Soil conditions and desired targets change all over the world, if you want a true deep program it must be designed for your site and most importantly your abilities.
Very soon in this article you will hear me mention the terms Auto Mode and Manual Mode, bear with me all will be explained.
Hunting for deep targets with the XP Deus
Set up for your site
Before you decide to go out and hunt for deeper targets perhaps it may be wise to ask yourself “what are my desired targets”, deep singular coins or deep hoards, as the machine may need to be set up in different ways.
As a rule of thumb site conditions dictate depth, mineralisation, heavy stones, iron contamination and regularly turned soil just to mention a few, can all greatly reduce a machines performance. Be aware that the target signal can change from good to bad in a matter of centimetres.
Suspicious signals are very often the result of ground consumption, as the target gets deeper, the ground saturation gets stronger and stronger until finally the target gives no response. Area’s with high mineralization will consume the target much quicker.
No matter what machine you are using, searching difficult soils very rarely yield deep targets – That’s my excuse anyway.
Some sites may simply have no deep targets present…you cant find what’s not there!…however if I were to be searching for a buried hoard I think my best chances of success would be to start searching on a quiet site rather than a busy one.
Back in the day people would bury treasures somewhere quiet, not in the middle of a settlement, unless under the floor of a building I guess.
Some overseas detectorists only look for hoards and large treasures in remote area’s, they are not interested in small targets and do not care if the target is ferrous or non ferrous. They very often choose XP Deus settings that complement the larger coil. Popular settings are based around the All Metal or in case of mineralised conditions the Goldfield program, using the lower operating Frequency 4 kHz a slow Reactivity 1, Silencer at -1, and an accurate ground balance by using tracking or pumping.
Detecting in manual mode will always give a further advantage.
Small deep targets
Naturally small targets will never be found at great depths but they can be found at impressive depths using a higher frequency and manual mode. This Gold coin was found by investigating a signal that I would normally ignore.
Part 2 How do I go deeper with the Deus?
Let’s assume you have the best settings for your site and you are confident the machine is working to the best of your ability.
Note the key word here “Your ability”
So how are you going to play it ?, like you normally do or are you going to try something different, remember you are specifically looking for deep targets, so what needs to be changed ?
I truly believe switching from Auto to Manual Mode will give you the desired results, many detectorists out there are using manual mode with great success, have you ever wondered why some people in your club or group are constantly getting good results….Because they are in manual mode.
What is Auto and Manual Mode and how do I find it in the Deus menu?
It’s not in the menu, it’s in your head and your attention to signal detail….9 times out of 10 when I run a Deus 1 to 1 session the clients are in Auto mode, they don’t realise it because that’s all they know.
By the end of the session they are all in Manual Mode this is because they have been shown and understand the grey area’s of the Deus audio signature, and have a vastly improved search sweep. Everyone has the ability it’s simply learning the Deus language and exercising a little patience while searching.
Not all detectors talk the same language, I truly believe the Deus is in a class of it’s own. I think it is so sensitive to small changes in soil and target composition, it reflects in the audio sound. This is not a bad thing, but to get the best out of your machine it requires a little understanding.
Let’s take a modern digital camera, most have 2 modes Auto and Manual, personally I can not take a good picture unless it’s in Auto, there’s no shame in that, its how I get the best results. However I know if I took time to learn the camera and then used the manual mode my pictures would be far superior.
The difference between Auto and Manual mode is your state of mind, the question is how far are you prepared to go? The more you put into the Deus the more you will get out of it.
In the field
Lets assume you are new to the Deus or just prefer an easy day, the factory pre-set Basic 1 offers a good choice, feedback is limited but it’s a great beep-dig program and fun to use. Because it utilises a higher discrimination with no iron tone the user is only drawn toward digging good sounding targets.
The Deus Grey area
The Deus has what I call a grey area, this the point where the target is neither good nor bad and more often than not this gives the deep target signature, Some describe it as a junk signal, I like to describe it as an audio question mark, all fields are full of audio question marks !
It is probably not a good idea trying to investigate loud suspicious signals, they will most probably be iron, providing you have the Audio Response set correctly the smaller deeper targets will be very obvious by the softer sound, 3 or 4 are popular settings.
Good signals are good, Iron signals are bad, anyone can deal with those, but it takes extra patience and skill to deal with the suspicious signals. And this is where learning your machine is vital!
Using a more dynamic program, such as Program 3 (Deus Fast) and changing to Full Tone with 0 discrimination, can increase the feedback from the machine and those grey question mark area’s will be far more noticeable.
For those who prefer a single tone, Deus Fast and simply switching to Pitch mode does a pretty good job.
Manual Mode is a real confidence method and you will need patience, OK you will get caught out on a few pieces of deep iron, but I guarantee once mastered you will find good targets at impressive depths. Article first published in the Searcher magazine
Understanding deep targets video
XP Deus understanding deep targets | VIDEO
This video shows how easily the ground can contaminate a good target.
As the target becomes saturated by the ground, the iron tone creeps in.
This is why using the Audio response is so important, if you can hear a target is deep, you can then better evaluate whether to dig or not to dig.
The XP Deus is a very sensitive and deep metal detector in the right hands, be brave and investigate suspicious signals if they are quiet.
Lost necklace and pendant an easy task for the Deus
First of all we would like to thank the people at Renesse South West Beach Pavilion for passing my information to clients, we offer a free search service and have had some great success over the years.
My story starts with a call from a desperate lady whose daughter lost a sentimental necklace with pendant in the dry sand, this was going to be a challenge, as there was no chain, it was a rope with a gemstone attached. The owner had informed me behind the gem stone was a very small iron ring, this meant my search must be made in all metal with no discrimination.
Thankfully some photos were taken on the day showing the exact location where the necklace had been lost , I headed towards the sandy area with my machine.
I use several different types of metal detectors based on where the lost Items are located, I always like to use the XP Deus for these dry beach hunts as it is so versatile.
With a press of a button you can make fast changes, and with the ability to further customise your own programs it makes a great tool for the job.
After digging 56 beer caps and 11 pull taps I felt I needed to change tactics.
I needed to Reduce my search area
Convinced the area I was searching was exactly where the owner was sat in the picture, but my gut feeling was telling me it was wrong.
My feeling was telling me to work further downwards.
Even as children we are always told you must always listen to your inner feelings, I am really glad I did because pretty quickly after the switch of location I received a really good solid signal.
Gotcha !!!, I thought …damn, it wasn’t the necklace, it was a Gold wedding ring, great find but we weren’t looking for that.
Another 4 paces further and a I got a solid low iron tone, and for some really strange reason I knew this was it, my heart rate suddenly sat in my throat and I had goose bumps everywhere and sure enough it was the lost pendant.
How can feelings be so strong ?, this was a real spooky experience but an education.
When I got back from the beach I called to the owners, they came over straight away on their bicycles. When they saw the Gem they were overjoyed and thanked me very much.
They wanted to give me way too much money although I couldn’t accept it. Payment is always nice but emotion is often more valuable than money.
The owner told me the necklace was a birthday gift from her adopted daughter, it was very special and held lots of emotional value.
Super happy with my day, my next task was to try to locate the owner of the wedding ring.
And thanks to some internet searches it only took a few hours to re unite the ring with another happy owner.
Martin from the Netherlands https://www.gevonden-verloren.nl/
DJ Laan detecting day Netherlands
I was honoured to be invited to a metal detecting event in the Netherlands , I wanted to see how events were organised overseas compared to the UK.
When I was told the main event was 2 token hunts, I had my concerns based on what I know the English detectorists would say about such an event.
Would a token hunt generate enough interest ?
Dirk Jan owner of DJ Laan assured me that this was also a social event and a chance to meet fellow detectorists.
The Flight from Heathrow was only 45 minutes, more time was spent with the UK customs officers explaining the new XP pin pointer was not a Taser gun but a hand held metal detector, if anyone is travelling overseas with a detector it’s always worth bringing a magazine with you… it helps.
On the other side Dutch customs were a little more forgiving, at passport control the officer looked up and asked where I was going, I replied “I don’t know and if I did know I probably couldn’t pronounce it”. He gave me my passport back and waved me on my way.
Thankfully Mathijs was outside to collect me.
Who are DJ Laan ?
DJ Laan NL are a specialist metal detector shop owned and run by a father and son team, Dirk Jan and Mathijs. The shop has been trading since 1980 and has a very large customer base. I visited the shop in the beautiful town of Hippolytushoef, and have to say I was very impressed with the attention to detail, it was nice and spacious and well equipped with all makes of machines, artefact displays and metal detecting accessories. A real Aladdin’s cave for the detectorist.
Dirk Jan and Mathijs wanted to organise an event at the Schoonhoven in a town called Hollandscheveld in the region of Hoogeveen, to say thank you to existing customers and welcome new prospective ones, which I thought was a very nice gesture.
The XP Marshall’s and organisers
The event was ticket only and limited to 250 people, behind the scenes Roy Hutters and his team worked very hard, Roy is a very good friend of the shop and respected member of the Dutch detecting world.
The tickets sold out very quickly even though it was a token hunt…which says a lot about the enthusiasm and loyalty of the Dutch detectorists.
The day started very early in the morning, it was a long drive to the event, the stands had to be set up and marshals needed to be briefed.
I have to say the event organisers and marshals did a fantastic job, everything went like clockwork, I know what stress it can be after recently co organising the XP rally.
DJ Laan’s stand was the main attraction in the hall which comprised of a bar and a very civilised restaurant area overlooking the lake and breath-taking scenery.
Mathijs and myself spent most of the morning talking to people about the new XP products, while Dad Dirk Jan talked to customers and took orders, it was a really busy event with lots of positive energy and high spirits.
The day consisted of a morning and afternoon token hunt, 500 tokens were buried.
Once found the tokens were exchanged for raffle tickets and then entered into the main prize draw.
The first prize was an XP Deus.
I found the whole day very uplifting and overwhelmed by the amount of XP Deus users who attended, the comradery between the Dutch detectorists was something to behold. DJ. Laan XP sponsored detecting day group picture.
The Dutch hospitality
Well what can I say about the Dutch hospitality, It was second to none, I really enjoyed their company, the Dutch are truly fantastic people and ambassadors for our hobby.
What are my thoughts about token hunts now ?
I’m converted !! Everyone enjoyed the event and it proved to me that metal detecting rallies are not just about finding the best treasure, they are about being a part of a thriving community, throw in some drink and good food and you have it made.,
The young man who won the first prize was congratulated by everyone, you could see by his face he was utterly speechless and in a state of shock.
I missed the other prizes because of my flight times and it was a 170Km drive back to Schiphol airport (Thanks again Mathijs).
I would like to thanks everyone who attended the event for your hospitality and for supporting our products. We are very much looking forward to next years event…..
Its been over 2 years since I acquired permission to detect a piece of property that dates back to 1817. At first, the property seemed to produce some really nice relics and coins from the 1800’s but over time, those rich grounds started to dry up and my headphones went quiet.
I spent 2 years detecting every inch of the property and included the use of flags to “grid off” highly productive patches, just to try and get the maximum potential out of my search. I was just about ready to close the book on the property when a friend introduced me to the XP Deus.
It happened last fall when four of us were detecting in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. Three of us were using the AT Pros but my friend was using the XP Deus .We were all hunting an old logging area dating back to the early 1900’s.
The ground was iron infested. I didn’t find much except a few axe heads and iron scrap but I was happy with those items.Then my friend dug a coin right next to where I was digging. I couldn’t hear it with my machine, but he could with the XP. He ended up finding 3 more coins that day while the rest of us found none. His ability to hear targets in the iron infested ground sparked my interest in the Deus. I spent the rest of the winter researching the XP and finally pulled the trigger and purchased the Dues in April of 2016.
Learning the XP Deus
I spent the better part of spring and summer really trying to figure out what I liked most about the XP Deus and what settings worked well in my conditions.
Out of the box, the Deus was easy to use but once I started figuring out how the “Reactivity” and “Silencer” settings worked is when things really started to make sense and the quantity and quality of my finds began to change.
After spending several weeks metal detecting in parks and playgrounds, I decided to take the XP Deus back to previous permissions, sites that I thought had been hunted out with the AT Pro. One of the first places I started to re trace my tracks was back at the 1817 property. It didn’t take long before I began finding some amazing coins. These were targets that I had clearly missed over the last 2 years. There was no doubt in my mind the Deus was finding targets that were laying in iron and next to trash in this badly infested ground. The target separation of the Deus gives the user a big advantage, now I own and use this machine I don’t believe there is such a thing as previously hunted out grounds, so now I have started to hunt them all over again.
Since I’ve returned to the 1817 permission I’ve made some incredible finds. Some of my best coins include an 1864 Abraham Lincoln/Andrew Johnson presidential token.
An 1851 three cent piece
An 1828 Liberty Cent
And my oldest coin to date, a 1723 King George I half penny.
Having some patients is key. There can be a bit of a learning curve but I I’m a big believer in the machine simply because I have personally witnessed some amazing discoveries made with this machine.
My Program to detect in trashy and iron invested grounds.
I have a really great program that uses, 4, 8, 12, and 18 kHz. I usually start detecting the property in 12 kHz and once i think I’ve covered most of the grounds, I’ll hit it again using a different frequency and so on. I have had the best luck using 12 kHz. Included below are the settings I have been using at the 1817 permission:
My preferred settings
Ground Balance: I manually ground balance using the pumping technique. I will do this when I see the ground conditions change or the machine becomes a little unstable. For this permission the front yard balances at 84 while the backyard balances at 72.
Discrimination: I don’t use any. I like to hear everything.
Reactivity (R) and Silencer (S) : R= (1) or (2) and S=(-1) but sometimes I do bump it up to (0)
Audio Response: I like to use (5). I like to hear the faint deeps signals amplified.
Transmitting Power: I usually stay at (2). I have messed with (3) but I think the machine is a little more stable at (2) for this program.
Sensitivity: I always start at (99) but back down until the machine quiets down somewhere around (93-96). It will depend on the ground conditions. Sometimes I’ve had to tune it down to (87) .
I use 5 Tones: This is how I have the tones broken out. These will give you the iron growl with good mid tones and great high tones for silver and copper coins (The number on the left is the tone frequency)
This is the latest report from Michele and his XP team based in Romania.
As a result of our extensive research the RMA team (Romanian Military Archaeology) headed to the Moldavia region of northern Romania, where for several days we scanned forests and hills looking for intense area’s of WW I and WW II areas of occupation. Our research led us to believe that this mountain region had been the location of some heavy fighting during both world wars.
After days of searching we hit on a location, we knew the area was good because of the iron contamination, when we say iron contamination we do not mean small nails like you would expect on a Roman site, we had to deal with big chunks of iron.
Huge pieces flat plate from all kinds of trucks and heavy machinery possibly destroyed by intense artillery fire. With a lot of patience and work, we managed to extract some nice ferrous and non ferrous items from the iron covered ground.
This is indeed a time consuming task, many detectors would not function in such extreme conditions, that’s why the XP is our machine of choice.
We always use personalised Deus Fast programs that suit our search style, having a very light weight machine such as the Deus was a big help during our days in the mountains, our kit needed to be minimal because the Kilometres of hiking and climbing really tested the body and mind.
During our trip we were so lucky to experience some truly breathtaking scenery, we didn’t see another person for days, just us and our machines.
We are so lucky to live in a beautiful country surrounded by history dating back thousands of years.
Here are some pictures of our finds from the most recent RMA trip.
World War I and II relics
As you can see, not all Iron items are bad.
This military crest was in fantastic condition
Despite the iron contamination, most finds were recovered in really good condition.
The local archaeologist were very happy with our discoveries and they will soon be on display with artefacts from our other trips.
Thanks for reading our metal detecting story, the bad weather is approaching, we will report more for the XP Classroom Blog after the winter.
Goodbye from the RMA team, thanks XP – The Deus does it again !!
Michele from the RMA team
Thanks for the articles guys
Be sure to look out for the next RMA article when Michele and his team discover something really interesting in the mountains of Romania.
The XP Deus is becoming the most popular “Go To” professional metal detector according to our USA sources.
Earlier today I had an interesting conversation with Ed Huffman from Treasure Mountain detectors one of our dealers, and received some fantastic product feedback.
Many of you guys in the USA know Ed and his business partner Heath Jones as being amongst the most respected detectorists out there, these guys have earned their reputation because they are straight talking and are passionate about the hobby.
Another well known friend and Deus user is Butch Holcombe from the American Digger Magazine. I have heard on the grapevine these guys are going to be working on some very interesting XP projects in the near future.
Ed talked about how the XP Deus is responsible for some great metal detector finds and went on to say these type of reports are on the increase at an astounding rate compared to a few years ago. So it would appear that the guys over the pond have really began to understand what this machine is capable of, and how it can be adapted to be used in a wide variety of search scenario’s.
Ed used the word “Simplicity” and said how new Deus users are reporting great results straight out of the box using factory pre set programs 2 and 3, Goldmaxx power and Deus fast.
So on many occasions there will be no need for additional tweaks, it really is a switch on and go machine…If you want it that way.
Ed and his team have released their own dedicated web site called XP Deus team USA.
The web site is very clean with some great information, the site is still under construction, more articles will be added soon when the weather in Ed’s region cools down and the snakes are more docile…..WHAT !!!!
There will also be regular metal detecting video’s from the guys covering all aspects of hunting with the Deus including technical information and new user guides.
XP owners are welcome to send in their reports, short stories and finds.
Treasure Mountain Detectors sell the full XP Deus range and offer a fantastic after sales service with plenty of happy customers.
It only feels like yesterday that we were at the very first Salon de la detection metal detecting show Paris.
Another year has passed already, it was a pleasure to meet up with old friends and meet some new ones along the way, the French hospitality never ceases to amaze me, I just wish I could talk the language a little better….Perhaps next time !
The show was filled with interesting trade stands, one that caught my eye was the Aldup stand, they had a fantastic display of models made from detecting junk.
I think this idea will catch on in the future, I think I have enough junk to make a full sized battleship.
Perhaps someone can hold a yearly competition.
The team from Maison de la detection and French detection put in 110% as usual, these guys really know how to put on a show.
One or two interesting characters dropped by for a picture.
As well as their stand they had a media area where people were interviewed for a new upcoming video.
The team from XP worked hard all weekend demonstrating the new products and talking with old and new customers.
The new HF (high frequency) coils, version 4 software and the pin pointer gathered a lot of interest.
The product will soon go through a field test period and release dates will be announced in the very near future. At the moment there are no prices for these products, the version 4 update will be free.
XP customers loved the lower stem mounted battery system for the HF coils, another new innovation !.
The Viking made a guest appearance….This guy gets everywhere, he was at the XP UK rally last month and we all enjoyed his company.
On behalf of everyone we would like to thank the team from Detection Passion for organising this fantastic event and for their kind hospitality.
We are very much looking forward to the next event.
Here is a short video of the Salon de la detection metal detecting show Paris .
The Detecting Scotland summer rally this year was planned for many months and every “t” crossed and every “I” dotted including very kind sponsorship from XP Detectors, a country estate to host on, marquee booked, toilets booked, a local band sorted hired and even historical tour pre-arranged for early attendees?
What could go wrong? …….The weather !
With a little under 100 detectorists assembling at Ardkinglas Estate in Argyll from as far away as Nova Scotia and Estonia and having already done a 1 day test dig of the area which uncovered an 8th century gold insular mount, silver buckle and gold coin weight the omens were good!
The forecast was VERY strong winds overnight Friday and Saturday with persistent rain….
The staff assembled the smaller marquee and gazebo nevertheless and even the administrators bomb proof fishing tent in case all else failed!
By Saturday morning before the very first signal was dug there were already reports of near naked Scotsmen holding their tent down and chasing their possessions around! As well as various people sleeping in their car having arrived late/after the weather had turned!
The weather was so bad that with tents broken, spirits broken and no more dry clothes many had left by mid afternoon on the Saturday however those who remained were to be treated to being present when probably the most significant find ever made at a Scottish rally emerged to none other than Derek McLennan! Already infamous for his Viking horde find and English hammered silver hoard finds charting the English military’s march north!
By Sunday morning there were probably just under 40 detectorists left, most of whom were lucky enough to have got rooms in local hotels.
At around 5 pm I was manning the finds table with Stuart Campbell of the TTU when I got the radio call from Derek to say he may be delayed coming over to the hub area to help put the marquee up on its legs, the reason given that they had just found a Bronze Age axe hoard!! I asked him to cordon it off while I arranged for someone to drive Stuart down to the spot to allow proper excavation of the finds.
Little did Stuart realise when he came along to do some “on the spot” recording and ID of finds he would get the opportunity to do some field archaeology! Albeit in probably the heaviest rain of the weekend!
The weather delayed the band and we decided that the pub would be a good place for live music and to catch up with what finds had been coming up as we already knew of the odd large hammered silver.
Sundays weather was much better with only occasional light showers.
Strangely with a lot less actual people detecting the finds rate increased quite a lot!
In addition to the three early BA axe heads (2000-2300BC)
Some of very nice hammered silver appeared:
Henry III/IV Groat
Henry VIII Groat
Charles I Shilling
Elizabeth I Half Groat
James II Groat
Edward I Penny
Countless other artefacts such as buckles, whorls, copper coinage and early milled silver including a Queen Anne Edinburgh mint 6d and even a solid gold whistle!! Who buys these??
While we were very happy with the finds that were unearthed and saved for future generations I now sit wondering if we had good weather and all detectorists on their game just what else we would have saved?
I’ve been asked more than a few times if we can go back and the simple answer is, YES we can!
We would like to thank the guys at XP for your kind support.
Grant Maxwell Detecting Scotland