There’s been a lot of discussion of late about the validty of the finds uncovered when those of us from the US travel to the UK. I say a lot of discussion, but I am really talking about one discussion by my good friend in Warsaw, and we all know we can take what he says with a grain of salt. He again was trolling the websites and forums, looking for something, anything, and decided he he would try to divide and conquer, pitting the British hunter against his US counterpart, by accusing anyone sponsoring trips to the UK of “planting” finds to keep the hunters happy.
In one of his recent blog posts he targets Ron Guinazzo, a.k.a. Chicago Ron, a good friend, and an avid treasure hunter. Not sure why Ron was targeted, but I suspect it was because he is high profile, and very successful. I know Ron, and any attempts at trying to discredit him is a waste of time. Then again some people apparently have lots of time on their hands, and feel the need to discredit anyone who has more “skins on the wall”.
Way back when the FMDAC first ventured overseas it was thanks to Leisure Promotions, Ltd., and Mick Turrell. Leisure Promotions was at the forefront of putting together treasure hunting trips and rallies, and is still going strong today. Mick is also one of the founders of the famed Newbury Rally, and is highly regarded by most every detectorist in the UK. I decided to ask Mick about the potential for seeding sites to induce hunters and to keep them coming back.
“Back in the 80’s we were copying our American counterparts and burying tokens and modern coins for the British detector users to find. This quickly changed as the Brits would rather find nothing at all than to find a planted coin. It was easy to spot, as you cannot bury a coin today and make it look like it has been in the ground for hundreds of years. No rally organiser would do this, as it would be quickly spotted and he would be shown the error of his/her ways.
We occasionally mark off an area where we bury small coins and artefacts so that beginners to the hobby can try out their new detectors to insure they work correctly. If they do not already do so, I would recommend that archaeologists do the same in test conditions so that students can practice their skills to ensure that nothing is missed. We find loads of items in their spoil heaps so the practice would do them good.”
So, take what you want from this discussion, and make your own decisions. I will personally stand behind Chicago Ron, and state that he is an honest man, and is a hero of mine as well….
SPEAKING OF CHICAGO RON….
I just finished chatting with Ron, and he forwarded the following videos and photos from 2012. Keep in mind too that when Ron’s group travels to the UK they spend a full day detecting, often from dawn to dusk. With that kind of effort and concentration anythng is possible.
The following 5 Roman Silver coins (Honorius from 395 to 423 A.D.) were found on one field, and were considered a hoard…
The following Saxon gold coins were found on a three week trip to the UK, and they are with the British Museum, awaiting inquest, and will probably be purchased by the museum. Early estimates of value are 3 to 8 thousand pounds each. The finder and landowner will split the procedes (there are now 5 saxon gold coins in the hoard).
Two of the five Saxon coins found….
AMERICAN DIGGER’S RELIC ROUNDUP
I feel very privileged to be the guest on the American Digger Magazine’s Relic Roundup this coming Monday, December 3rd. Hope you will tune in and phone in. Ask me all those questions you have had over the years….I probably won’t answer them, but will sure as hell give you a response of some sort (All kidding aside, hope you will tune in and participate). Looking forward to it….
Once you click on the American Digger link above, scroll down to Relic Roundup, hit the green arrow, and give yourself a name, real or otherwise. That’s all there is to it, and there’s a phone number to call in and ask questions. I have instructed Butch not to accept any phone calls from Warsaw, Poland or from any pregnant women. Other than that I am good to go…..