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A Look At The Most Valuable Metal Detector Finds Ever

Of course there are lot of difference between the fields in the age and quantity of metal finds. One field is productive in terms of Roman and the other is typically a field of field. But you can safely assume that something can be found on metal in every field. The question is … what do I want to find? And for the beginner who reads this beautiful story, I would like to give some tips. For older items you generally go to plowed fields. Where does those fields can be found, I’ll talk about it later.

How do the soil finds end up on the fields?

Well … Maybe for the most part because a field is used to be the garbage dump. I do not know the whole thing about it, but you might want to imagine the following: In the cities, straw was being spread out indoors on the floor as ‘underfloor heating’. In everyday life, of course, things and coins were lost that ended up on the floor. Every now and then it was swept and the straw with the lost things landed on the rubbish heap or in the cesspool. This garbage was, because no garbage man was invented, just in a flat boat or crammed into a cart and driven to a field to tip it there. That whole prague also contained a lot of organic waste and was therefore perfectly usable for fertilization.

In addition, a lot of work was done on fields; sowing, plowing, pruning etc. All manual, and ideal to lose some things on the spot. Last but not least, there are also many fields where houses, fairs, annual markets, cemeteries, walking paths etc. where people have lost items and are losing their items.

Below is an overview of the type of metal finds seen over periods in history. Please note! The amount of new-time finds is the greatest and is in no relation to the earlier periods.

Globally from 1600 to 1900 you will find by far the most.

The finds you get during this period are the duiten (most 18th century so between 1700 and 1800 in), places, silver coins, thimbles, buckles, musket balls, cloths, faucets, scapulars, book fittings or buttons or even golden throat buttons.

From 1300 to 1600 is already a lot more difficult.

What you find from this period are a few old pennies, and further some items such as 14th century buckle or hand-worn thimbles and which were once a silver coin.

From 1100 to 1300 this period is something more interesting.

You can find pennies / oboles. Small (valuable) silver coins during this period.

From 450 to 1100 this period is very difficult.

In the early Middle Ages, poverty was trump, the time of knights and hazy highwaymen. There is little of it in the soil.

The times are Frankish, Carolingians (751-987), and Viking age (789-1100).

One of the most beautiful finds from this time that you could go for is the golden Tremissis.

From 200 BC. until 450 AD. is slightly easier so something where you can have more finds. Later period is known as Iron Age and it is from 50 BC. It is also known as the Roman period. In my opinion a slightly easier time than early medieval period. In the right places you will find (wire) fibulae, bronze coins like the dupondius, ashes or sestertius, silver denarius or (Gallo) Roman objects.

Even older metal objects cansleeve axes, edge axes, lance spearheads, bracelets etc. but I would not count on this.

View fields on Map

If you are a beginner, just focus on new time. A good way to find the better fields is to consult a map with heights.

Try to stay as close as possible to an old village center and find the highest fields. These high ‘bumps’ are drier and therefore it also generally contains the better quality coins. Look at the map and at the areas with fields that are not like in shape. Strangely shaped fields are usually older than the perfectly rectangular fields on the map. Also look at the water supply. In the past, the steaming water did not come out of the tap, but people walked to a stream or river. Also do not look too close to the river again because there were no dwellings in this area or danger of flooding. In short: on the high fields, find a few hundred meters of running water far enough to get no wet feet and close enough to walk to.

A Way To Find Metals

What you can also look at are the street names. Old names such as Kloosterstraat, Kasteelstraat, Heerestraat, Groenstraat (often Roman), Molenweg, Oude Baan, Kerkstraat, Mortel, Laar, Jonkheer-huppelepupstraat and 10 others can be a good indication.

And last but not least. If there are pipe cups and shards in the field, you will definitely find metal.

A man in Scotland had the day of his life. By chance he came across the biggest Viking treasure ever found in Britain. The value is estimated at almost 2 million pounds.

These are rare Viking artifacts from the tenth century. The Scottish Derek McLennan was looking with his metal detector and found, among other things like, old silver bracelets, brooches and a gold ring.

The more than one hundred items consist mostly of silver jewelery, but there are also cloths and precious metals. Experts call the find exceptional and phenomenal. The objects from the Viking age go to the National Museum of Scotland.

Director Dr. Gordon Rintoul responded enthusiastically to the news. “We now have six months to collect 1.98 million pounds so that future generations can also enjoy this unique treasure.”

McLennan is lucky: In the rest of the United Kingdom it is customary to distribute the reward between the honest finder and the owner of the land on which the find was made, but in Scotland the full amount goes to the finder.

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