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Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Appeal – 24 Hours to Go!

Yep, I’m starting to sound like a broken record right? Donate online to the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Appeal or get in touch with Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery here.

The totals on the JustGiving web site stand at £8,051.22 donated online, plus £2,045.22 Gift Aid plus supplement. So we are about £410 up on yesterday. Right now, unless Tullie House Museum have received some big offline donations, things don’t look so good.

Crunch Time for the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Appeal – Just 48 Hours to Go!

Ok folks, it’s crunch time for the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Appeal. In less than 48 hours, the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet will go under the auctioneers hammer at Christie’s in London. You can Donate online to the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Appeal or you can get in touch with Tullie House Museum directly right here.

The total on the Just Giving web site now stands at £7,641.22 plus £1,954.96 Gift Aid plus supplement, lets see if we can get that total up even higher in the next 48 hours. So go and Donate online to the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Appeal right now!

I don’t know how much Tullie House Museum has raised in offline donations, I couldn’t find any mention on their website.

Book on the Frome Hoard to be Released on October 11

The British Museum is releasing a book on the Frome Hoard!

Found in April 2010 by metal detectorist Dave Crisp, the Frome Hoard consisted of a very large roman pot filled to the brim with 52,503 Roman coins. The coins in the pot weighed around 160 kilograms (that’s 352.7lbs in old money), one of the largest coin hoards ever discovered! The coins are mostly third century radiates, some of them in a remarkable state of preservation. The book, titled simply ‘The Frome Hoard’, will be released on the 11th October 2010.

Denarius from the Frome HoardAbove: A Denarius of Carausius from the Frome Hoard. Photo courtesy of the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Flickr photostream.

Another interesting point to note is that the British Museum still needs around £30,000 for conservation work on the coins, and 50p from every sale of the Frome Hoard book goes towards the cost of conserving the coins and the acquisition campaign apparently being run by Somerset County Heritage Service so that the hoard can stay in Somerset and be displayed in Taunton Museum.

I’ll provide some more information on the book and probably a review when I receive my copy.

The Frome Hoard by Sam Moorhead, Anna Booth and Roger Bland on Amazon.co.uk

Lecture on the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet at Kendal Museum

The Westmorland Gazzette reports that there will be a lecture on the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet held at Kendal Museum on October 1st at 19:30. To book a seat call the Kendal Museum on 01539 815597 or email info@kendal.ac.uk.

You can donate online to the Crosby Garrett Helmet Appeal here: http://www.justgiving.com/Tullie-House-Crosby-Garrett-Roman-Helmet-Appeal

Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Latest News

The BBC is reporting that an anonymous donor has not only pledged £50,000 to the Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet Appeal, but has promised to match every contribution to Tullie House Museum’s appeal fund pound for pound. No reports, as yet, on whether the appeal will receive money from those high-profile arts and archaeology funds mentioned in an earlier blog.

More on the donation from the Granuid.

The Crosby Garrett Roman Helmet now has an Wikipedia article.

You can donate online to the Crosby Garrett Helmet Appeal here: http://www.justgiving.com/Tullie-House-Crosby-Garrett-Roman-Helmet-Appeal

Reviews of Metal Detecting Related Books

Over the coming weeks I am going to start reviewing metal detecting and metal detecting related books. I’m not going to stick to newly released titles, I’m planning to write up some very old treasure hunting classics and other books that have been around a few years. The first books I’ll be reviewing are listed here:

  • The Vale of York Hoard by Gareth Williams and Barry Ager
  • Early Anglo-Saxon Coins by Gareth Williams
  • Treasure Hoards of East Anglia by Mark Mitchels
  • Romano-British Coin Hoards by Richard Abdy
  • Beginners Guide to Metal Detecting by Julian Evan-Hart and David Stuckey
  • The New Gold Panning is Easy by Roy Lagal
  • Various “golden oldies” by Ted Fletcher and others

I’m looking for reader suggestions for the new book reviews section. Which books do you want to see reviewed? Got strong opinions about a particular book? Whose books do you really like or whose books do you really hate? Leave some comments and let me know!

When the reviews are added to the main site, you can find the Metal Detecting Book Reviews here.

Interesting German Metal Detecting Site

I haven’t seen many English language sites from detectorists in Germany, but i found this one recently. He has certainly made some interesting finds, including a sub-machine gun from world war two!

It is a real shame that there aren’t more english language german metal detecting sites (or a great shame that I didn’t pay more attention in German class at school), as Germany has a very interesting history.

It would be amazing to find something that had belonged to a member of the Germanic Tribes who defeated the Varus Legions at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest, probably the most shocking defeat of a roman army in the entire history of the empire, or even a coin or piece of armor that had belonged to a fleeing roman soldier.

The site of the battle Teutoburg forest was actually rediscovered by a British metal detectorist, Major Tony Clunn, who was serving with the British Army in Germany.

Our biggest visitor figures ever? Probably!

It has been really great to see so many new people signing up on the metal detecting forum and reading the blog over the last few weeks! However, it seems the spammers have given up on the forum for the time being and turned their attention to the blog. Fortunately the wordpress software handles spammers very capably indeed!

Our visitor figure for the last 31 days stands at 20,846 unique visitors – probably our biggest month ever! The page view count stands at 46,517.

This months numbers received a big boost after Detecting.org.uk was mentioned in one major news story about the Korean Super Dollar, the discovery of the Crosby Garrett Helmet and being featured on a major social book marking site.

I just hope the server, which is long overdue for an upgrade, can withstand the traffic levels it is now receiving! It is probably time to start shopping around for a new one!

A great big welcome to all our new readers!

Alan Turing’s Silver Bars – Story From an Old Issue of Treasure Hunting?

Alan Turing’s Silver Bars – Story From an Old Issue of Treasure Hunting?

Anybody remember this story?

Alan Turing, the genius who cracked the German Enigma coding machines, was said to have converted all of his money into silver bars and then concealed them somewhere in Bletchley Park. At the end of the war, Turing returned to dig up his hoard using the map he had drawn when he buried the silver bars several years earlier, try as he might, he was never able to relocate them.

It seems a pretty unlikely story, but nevertheless, I am trying to find out where and when the story was originally published. I am pretty sure it appeared in an old issue of Treasure Hunting Magazine, but does anybody know which one?

Metal Detecting UK

Photographing metal detecting finds with a cheap digital microscope, Part II

A couple more shots with the cheap, perhaps too cheap, digital microscope. Roman coin of Gallienus:Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus - 218 – 268Roman coins picturing mythical creatures are among my favourite finds, so I’m glad this one came out pretty well!Publius Licinius Egnatius Gallienus - 218 – 268Not bad!

Now for a hammered silver:

Hammered Silver photographed with a cheap digital microscopeHammered Silver photographed with a cheap digital microscopeNot bad going! I was searching around on the web last night and found that Lindner (the coin and stamp storage box people) make a digital microscope that is similar in design to the one I am using but looks a lot better made, not to mention being a lot more expensive. Might be worth trying out some time!

Update: I’ve just heard from The Searcher Magazine that they reviewed the Lindner digital microscope in the August 2008 issue, on page 20.