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How Do We Best Interpret The Decoration On Early Anglo-Saxon Artefacts? By Alison Smith (BA Hons)

Introduction. This essay will discuss ‘How do we best interpret the Decoration on Early Anglo-Saxon artefacts?’ by discussing how personal items had a symbolic meaning to Early Anglo-Saxon people. The essay will describe the decoration of three artefacts; The Coppergate… Continue Reading →

The Curse of Oak Island by Randall Sullivan

From longtime Rolling Stone contributing editor and journalist Randall Sullivan, The Curse of Oak Island explores the curious history of Oak Island and the generations of individuals who have tried and failed to unlock its secrets. In 1795, a teenager discovered a mysterious circular… Continue Reading →

An introduction to the Oak Island Mystery

( This article is a referral to the original 1962 Readers digest publication, used to introduce the Oak Island mystery in the best manner) By David MacDonald: A Reader’s Digest Classic, originally published 1965 For 200 years, the promise of… Continue Reading →

Shropshire Saxon sword mount declared treasure

An “exceptionally rare” silver sword mount has been declared treasure. The early medieval or Saxon artefact was found by metal detectorists around Culmington in south Shropshire. It dates from between the sixth and early seventh century and its function is… Continue Reading →

Notre dame latest updates

Photos are emerging of the damage to the interior of Notre-Dame. The collapsing spire punched a hole in the vaulted stone ceiling and burning material heaped in nave. This morning’s images show the scale of destruction caused by the devastating… Continue Reading →

Oak Island Knights by James McQuiston

What would a 1671 British knighthood medallion be doing in the dirt near an unexplained, crumbling foundation, within 20 miles of the famous Oak Island, Nova Scotia, money pit? James McQuiston, historian and author, thinks he knows. McQuiston is a… Continue Reading →

Amazing Medieval Gold Ring discovered by Chris K Konczak

On Saturday 18th November 2017, I was out in the fields, there were no interesting signals on my Minelab Safari metal detector. Suddenly a weak signal appeared on the 1-9 scale and I stopped. I dug out a small hole… Continue Reading →

Review: Seals and their context in the middle ages by Phillipp Schofield

PHILLIPP R. SCHOFIELD (ed), Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages 2015; viii + 205 pages, 14 essays, 130 colour and b&w illustrations, 4 tables. Oxford and Philadelphia, Oxbow Books 978-1-78297-817-6 Three and a half stars out of five  This… Continue Reading →

Spring Detectival review by Clodhopper Scott and Huntress Kimmie ( Hoard Video included )

Weeks of anticipation built up for me and my wife, Huntress Kimmie, as Spring mini Detectival drew closer. What unfolded after our arrival would not soon be forgotten, by us or any that attended this fantastic metal detecting rally event…. Continue Reading →

Readers Finds: A William III half Guinea

At the Archaeology and Metal detecting magazine, we feel honoured to receive images and stories of readers finds. Sometimes however, we are able to go a step further. A work colleague of mine does not have the best mobile phone… Continue Reading →

The gateway to hell? Hundreds of anti-witch marks found in Midlands cave

If there is a gateway to hell, a portal from the underworld used by demons and witches to wreak their evil havoc on humanity, then it could be in a small east Midlands cave handy for both the M1 and… Continue Reading →

British Medieval History interview Archaeology and Metal Detecting Magazine Editor – Dave Sadler

Archaeology and Metal Detecting magazine Editor Dave Sadler was invited to be interviewed by the leading Facebook group in its Genre –             British Medieval History this week. Here we thank Dave Pilling of British Medieval… Continue Reading →

A black market in black torture By Doug Pickford

They’re something that nightmares are made or – straight from a 1960s Hammer horror film – but ducking stools are fetching big money, it would appear. One, an aged oak contraption that last saw the light of day centuries ago… Continue Reading →

Review: Aristowax Non-Silicone Wood Silk. A cheap alternative for Metal detecting finds cleaning and preservation.

Archaeology and Metal Detecting Magazine would like to make you aware of a small but growing contingent of individuals like myself, who have found that the use of the Aristowax Wood Silk furniture polish ( with Bees Wax) is convenient, cheap… Continue Reading →

Review : Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages by Phillip R Schofield

Seals and their Context in the Middle Ages 2015; viii + 205 pages, 14 essays, 130 colour and b&w illustrations, 4 tables. Oxford and Philadelphia, Oxbow Books 978-1-78297-817-6 or Click here for direct link  Three and a half stars out… Continue Reading →

REVIEW: 50 Finds from Cheshire: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme

50 Finds from Cheshire: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme Vanessa Oakden Amberley, £14.99 ISBN 978-1445646909 This new work celebrating finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Cheshire provides an illustrated insight into the county’s archaeology, and challenges previous… Continue Reading →

The “Incomplete” Staffordshire Hoard by Graham Withers

In December 2012, 60-year-old Tempus Member, Graham Withers, who formally ran the clubs meeting place – The Church House Inn on Buxton Road in Congleton, found a small hoard in a field in North Staffordshire. The 10 valuable pennies –… Continue Reading →

Metal Detectives Christmas Dig : Axe Head Hoard, Gold Rings, Gold Hammered and More Arose

The Metal Detectives group hosted its annual Christmas Dig on the 23rd of December in Oxfordshire. An incredible amount of amazing finds arose including a ‘block of Axe heads’ that was excavated and will be taken to the British Museum… Continue Reading →

Archmdmag relaunch, competition and message from YouTubers

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Archaeology and Metal Detecting Magazine has been out of action for nearly a month. Server errors in Europe led to our own and many other sites details and information to be unfortunately deleted. This led… Continue Reading →

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