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Unbelievable! Two amateur metal detectorists unearth biggest haul of Roman coins of its kind ever found in Britain

A bundle of Roman coins discovered by a pair of amateur metal detector enthusiasts near Sleaford has been declared as one of the largest hauls of its kind ever found in the United Kingdom. The discovery, which was made near Rauceby,came… Continue Reading →

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 Oak Island Mystery by Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe book review.

It began innocently enough … in 1795 three boys discovered the top of an ancient shaft on uninhabited Oak Island in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. The boys began to dig, and what they uncovered started the world’s greatest and strangest… Continue Reading →

Oak Island in Pictures. From Maps to history and finds.

A selection of images from Oak Islands long history, Please click on individual images to view at full size.

What treasure is buried on Oak Island?

Oak Island is one of the most mysterious places in the world. From its alleged buried treasure to those rumoured to have visited (and deposited on) it, the island has the potential to rewrite history and unearth some of the… 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 →

Team of Yorkshire 5th annual metal detecting rally

Archmdmag are delighted to introduce Team of Yorkshire’s 5th annual metal detecting rally. Team of Yorkshire are a predominantly, but not exclusively, a group of Polish metal detectorist’s, who consistently work to assist archaeology in several countries as well as… Continue Reading →

Sheppey plumber finds ‘magic’ Roman amulet in Faversham field owned by Russian princess

A plumber from the Isle of Sheppey has struck gold in a field owned by a Russian princess. Ashley Wilson has been venturing out to fields with his metal detector for six years, but made the find of his life… Continue Reading →

Memoirs of a Treasure Hunter: The Highwayman of Epping Forest. By Barry Lawton

At my Treasure Hunting Club, I joined up with three other people, and we went out most weekends. They were Roger, Norman and Joe. This was after Ron Rowland the man who showed me how to metal detect and where,… 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 →

FREE KINDLE BOOK – Photographing Detector Finds by Ian Robert Cartwright

PICTURING THE PAST FOR DETECTOR USERS With some million historical finds reported each year, Britain’s 30,000 metal detector enthusiasts are playing an increasingly responsible part in uncovering and mapping the story of our past which lies beneath the landscape.  Photographing… 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 →

Introducing – Japan Treasure Hunters

We recently received an email from one of our readers, introducing his YouTube channel – Japan Treasure hunters. Now I for one have not seen many You tubers covering Japan, and having a basic knowledge of its history, I was… Continue Reading →

The Law of Treasure by A.G. Guest with the assistance of Paul Matthews

Author: A.G. Guest with the assistance of Paul Matthews. Paperback; 175x245mm; x+152 pages. 459 2018. Available both in printed and e-versions. Archaeopress Publishing Ltd Printed ISBN 9781784919740 Epublication ISBN 9781784919757. The importance of the Law of Treasure is largely the… Continue Reading →

Finding a Napoleonic era sword by Michael Almeida, Luxembourg.

This story starts when my son asked me to go detecting. For days he has been asking to go with me on a “treasure hunt”. Because of lack of time or bad weather, I kept postponing the outing. A week… Continue Reading →

Metal detector enthusiast unearths treasure trove in field near Frenchay

A keen metal detectorist from Staple Hill has stumbled upon a box of antique jewellery, unearthed during a farmland search. David Upton, 72, uncovered the small box, filled to the brim with gold and silver jewellery and a range of precious and… 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 →

Provenance alert. Lady in Kent’s late grandfather’s archaeological collection.

Are you a Lady Living in Kent, who inherited a collection of artefacts from your grandfather in 2006, and sold some of them at auction in London in Sept. 2018? Or do you know the lady living in Kent? Please… Continue Reading →

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