Redundant fields and paddocks wanted !

......Or more precisely:  fields, woods, unused paddocks and disused land where I can be granted permission to go metal detecting. Any land that is going under tarmac, concrete or to be opencast mined in the near future is also a good choice, before the artefacts are probably lost forever.
     Amble based, I am especially interested in metal detecting on land within the old parishes and areas covered by this website; Chevington, Warkworth, Amble, Acklington, Shilbottle, etc. I abide by the ethics of the good metal detectorist; respect the landowner, his land and livestock. Fill in any holes dug and leave a turf 'flap' so the grass does not die off. (most holes are fist sized, quickly and easily restored in a few seconds.)
    I always work within the recommendations of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and of course obey the current treasure act. (or rather hoping we will  actually need to some day!)
    It is the tangible link an artefact gives us to those that lived here in the ancient past that drives us, not the value of the item. A bronze Roman coin may only be worth a few pounds but the excitement of finding such a thing 1,800 years after it was lost never goes away.  
    We would particularly like to illustrate any finds (Medieval, Anglo-Saxon or Roman) on this site. As you can see we have the photography skills (see sovereigns below).
    What's in it for you as a landowner? Well, sometimes thing of value do turn up. Generally anything of value would be a 50/50 split with the landowner. With older historical items, Medieval, Anglo-Saxon, Roman etc, we would also voluntarily record the find with the Portable Antiquities Scheme, whoever keeps the item itself.
   Should we hit the 'big time', with an item deemed to be treasure by the Coroner/National Museum, we would also expect a 50/50 split with the landowner. 
    Unfortunately, in reality 95% of the time nothing of value is found for many hours of field footslogging with the machine.
    Where we can't go: National Trust land even if managed by you and under the plough. Any recognised historical or archaeological site, or designated SSSI. 
    Where we don't want to go: ex-opencast sites.

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Below: Our Minelab E-Trac metal detector, state of the art discriminator (with a price to match 1,250) shame to let it gather dust.

Below: Gold.
Comes out the ground looking just like it did when it went in. 

Minelab E-trac Metal Detector

Six Gold Sovereigns



Portable Antiquities Scheme

The Treasure Act explained at the Portable Antiquities Scheme website

National Council for metal detecting code of conduct.

 See the famous Anglo-Saxon gold hoard found in Staffordshire by a metal detectorist last year.




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