Author Archives: David

King John’s Treasure

Continuing Jimmy Longton’s search for treasure… In 1216 King John’s court – contained in several large wagons laden with royal regalia – was crossing the River Wellstream, now part of the Wash, East Anglia. They got caught by the tide and went down in the quicksand. Legend says the remains are still there – somewhere, beyond the […]

Categories: Dowsing, Treasure Hunting, X-Factor

Jimmy Longton

It is my sad duty to report that my good friend, Britain’s foremost treasure dowser, James (Jimmy) Longton, passed away suddenly on 02 May 2015 at the age of 84 years. He was buried in the churchyard of his home village of Euxton, (pronounced Exton) Lancashire, UK, on 15 May 2015 following a service at […]

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Hot Mirrors

False color infrared image of 1759 British Fort atCrown Point,New York © 2015 by cfastie and reused under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. I often get asked if the hot mirror should be removed from a digital camera to photograph auras. Digital cameras are as sensitive to near infrared radiation as they are […]

Categories: Orbs, Treasure Auras, Treasure Hunting

NEW BOOK – Tokens and Traders of Kent in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

​THE PROVINCIAL TOKEN-COINAGECoins traditionally contained the value of the metal they were made from, less a nominal amount for the monarch and mint master and could only be produced by Royal decree. By the sixteenth century the penny and its fractions had been reduced in size by inflation becoming inconveniently small to manufacture and use. […]

Categories: Metal Detecting Finds

Antique English Spoon Found in Sweden

​Photo shows spoon with touch or maker’s mark insetI recently received this letter:My name is Anders from Stockholm, Sweden. I am writing to you with hope that that you might be able to bring some further clarity over a find my great grandmother made some 70 years ago. While digging in her garden she suddenly found an […]

Categories: Metal Detecting, Metal Detecting Finds, Treasure Hunting

Orbs of Light

I get asked many questions about circles (spheres) of light or orbs some of which I can answer and some I can’t. While orbs have been seen on traditional emulsion film photographs they are mainly a phenomenon of digital photography. A digital camera has an internal ‘hot mirror’ or blocking filter to stop infrared radiation reaching […]

Categories: Dowsing, Orbs, Treasure Auras, Treasure Hunting, X-Factor

To the Manor Drawn (part 2)

​ THERE was to be a five month wait until the trees were stripped of apples by the pickers, which gave me plenty of time to reflect on the previous search of the manor house site. After a battle with silver paper, a battle with the trees and about one hundred hours detecting I had […]

Categories: Dowsing, Metal Detecting, Metal Detecting Finds, Treasure Hunting, X-Factor

To The Manor Drawn (The Searcher, Jan 1997)

I suppose it was the searching of my mother-in-law’s garden with a metal detector that gave me the first inkling of how interesting the sites of old houses can be. Not that “mother’s” house was anything special; just a town house in a London suburb, built soon after the Great War. In one afternoon I […]

Categories: Metal Detecting, Metal Detecting Finds, Treasure Hunting

On the Third Day of Christmas…

…I dug up what you see. Using the Anderson rod to guide my Detech EDS metal detector, I was delighted to find this third or fourth century gold Roman child’s finger ring. The engraving on the bezel is of a palm leaf or branch, having the possible intention of protecting the wearer from disease. These […]

Categories: Dowsing, Metal Detecting, Metal Detecting Finds, Treasure Hunting

TRIPS (Tips, Resources, Information, Permission and Search) HANDBOOK

  Claire Liebig-Denham’s New Book Reviewed. If you are just starting out in the fascinating hobby of metal detecting or treasure hunting, or even if you have been in it for a while, who do you turn to for advice? Someone who has only recently got their feet wet in the hobby or an old […]

Categories: Metal Detecting, Treasure Hunting

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