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September 2021 - Monthly Round-up

We have gathered together for you a few of our favourite newsworthy stories from the world of metal detecting over the last month. We’d love to know if any of these tales inspire you to get out searching this Autumn.

Hungarian born detectorist Tamas has become somewhat of a local legend where he lives in Kinsale, Ireland for finding lost jewellery, car keys and anything metal dropped on the beach. And on September 1st 2021 he struck gold again!

metal detector irelandVarun Ganguly lost his platinum wedding ring on beach, and after an hour of searching to no avail, he contacted the Garda station, where one of the guards asked him if he had tried asking Tamas for help.

Tamas arrived at the site shortly after getting the call and within 5 minutes the keen detectorist had found Varun’s ring!

This isn’t the first time that Tamas and his metal detector have helped out local residents recover their lost goods, from family heirloom jewelry to car keys. Many locals have praised his generosity, and have even suggested he should be put up for a civic award. We agree, what a great guy and what a lucky find!

You can read the full story HERE.

This gorgeous gold Bronze Age pendant, which was discovered on farmland in Shropshire, has gone on public display for the first time.

It was found by a metal detectorist of 25 years, Bob Greenaway, in May 2018, and has been described as one of the most important finds of the last 100 years!

If you would like to see this find in person, you’ll be pleased to know that the pendant went on display at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on the 10th September 2021. It will stay here until the 12th December, before being moved to the British Museum to become part of the Stonehenge exhibition.

Mr Greenaway said he found the pendant buried about eight inches under the soil, and that whilst he realised straight away that it was something special, he really had no idea quite how special it was going to turn out to be.

You can read the full story HERE.

This month up to 800 keen detectorists from all over the country took part in The Rodney Cook Memorial Rally at a site near Marlborough. This charity weekend of metal detecting was organised by members and friends of The Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club, and they managed to raise a magnificent £43,000 for charity, including £5,000 for Young Lives vs Cancer.

metal detecting rally trowbridge

Ray Case, treasurer of the Trowbridge and District Metal Detecting Club, said: “The weekend was a great success. We had some great finds over the weekend, ranging from Roman brooches to modern buttons and Saxon Sceat to suspicious items which were blown up and everything in between, including a lot of hammered coins."

Well it certainly sounds like this weekend was a huge success in terms of fundraising, as well as pulling in some great finds, and hopefully the detectorists had a fun time taking part too!

You can read the full story HERE.

Raymond Kosschuk, 63, is a keen detectorist who has spent the last 12 months conducting tests at a Sutton Bridge location to track down the elusive treasure of King John. He gained access to the site on a farm in a Lincolnshire village on the 7th September and has already found a wealth of items that he believes may have belonged to the former King of England.

As the historical story goes, King John lost the treasure during a crossing of an estuary between Lincolnshire and Norfolk on the 12th October 1216. Unfortunately he died of dysentery just a week later at Newark Castle and the hoard has never been found since. 

Raymond believes he has solved the 800 year old mystery, after his equipment, which is designed to pick up anomalies in the readings of magnetic fields, picked up “overwhelming evidence” of high-value items in the area he has been searching. His plan now is to start digging out his findings over the next few weeks and then to submit them to archaeologists and Lincolnshire’s Finds Officer to verify.

The items he has already recovered after just a quick sweep with his metal detector included hammered blots, nails, an eyelet and a metal buckle.

You can read the full story HERE.