Local Detectorists

This is a page to exhibit some of the work and finds of local metal detectorists and mudlarks. Metal detecting is a serious archaeological pursuit and many detectorists are deeply knowledgeable about artefacts and small finds.

Metal Detectoring

Wayne Crossingham

I am a very keen metal detectorist and I have 20 years experience in this wonderful and fantastic hobby. I have been searching for the illusive ‘pot of gold’ but unfortunately I haven’t been lucky enough to have found it yet!!

March 2022

Roman Bronze Finger RingRoman Silver CoinRoman Silver Coin TI went on an exploration with my metal detector in a field near Faringdon and I had some good luck this time!! My first discovery was a very nice bronze Roman finger ring which I can positively date to the 3rd or 4th century AD. The second nice discovery was a silver Roman coin called a Denarius. It is a coin of Julia Domna. She was the wife of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus and he ruled the Roman empire from 193 to 211 AD.

[Editor’s note: Older people reading this may remember before decimalisation in 1971 that we had always used a ‘d’ derived from the Roman ‘denarius’ as the symbol for our penny, eg. 10d rather than 10p. Few questioned the reason why! It was the Anglo-Saxons who brought the original word for ‘penny’ with them from North Germany after the Romans left us. Twelve silver ‘pennings’ were worth one small gold ‘scillinga’ (shilling). The £ symbol comes from an elaborately written L in the Latin term ‘Libra pondo’ (meaning balance by weight; scales). In Saxon times, the ‘pound’ used as a unit of weight also became a unit of currency and was equivalent to 1 pound weight of silver. That is how the same word became used for measuring two different things.]

April 2022

Mediaeval Lead TokenMedieval Bronze Casket KeyI went on another exploration with my metal detector in a field near Faringdon. I discovered a few fascinating items that I hope you find interesting. The first discovery was a lead token that dates to the Mediaeval period. (14th to 15th century). The other wonderful discovery was a bronze Medieval casket key that dates to the 13th to 15th century. The key is a delightful discovery because it probably belonged to a person who would have had a small wooden box to keep their treasured personal and valuable possessions safe. Lead tokens were issued by the wealthy landowners as a form of payment to the labourers. They could be used for the everyday purchase of food and ale, etc. Of course, they would have also been paid with normal currency. The lead token was used as a form of currency right up until the late 18th century.

April 2023

Bronze Buckel 17cEdward Iii Silver PennyEdward Iii Silver Penny TToday I decided to go metal detecting for a few hours, not only in the hope of making a few nice and interesting discoveries but to try and take in the fresh air and the incredibly beautiful countryside. I made a few interesting discoveries, a bronze spectacle buckle dating to the mid 17th century. But the highlight of today’s search was a hammered silver penny of King Edward the third roughly dating to 1351.

Billy Mullet Murray

CoinsCoins VariousRoman Brooches

I thought I would share with everyone some of my amazing coin collection and Roman brooches that have been found around Faringdon and surrounding areas in the last 18 months or so. The coins range from Celtic, Roman, Medieval, Civil War, Georgian era and all the way to the present day. The Roman brooches date from 50AD at the start of the Roman invasion up until 443AD when the Romans left Britain.

Medieval Silver CrossA complete late Medieval silver gilt cross pendant in the form of the Greek letter Tau, probably cast. The pendant is solid with an integral oval suspension loop projecting 3.5mm from its tip that is worn noticeably thin at the apex. The loop’s internal diameter is 0.9mm. Both faces of the cross are decorated with a design of trilobed leaves at each end of the arms, with a black letter script reading ‘IHS’ (‘Jesus’) across the arms and ‘MA’ (‘Ma[ria]’) running vertically down its body. This design is similar on each side but worn to different degrees.

King Stephen PennyKing Stephen Penny TKing Stephen penny dating from 1136-1145. This dates from the time of the first Battle of Faringdon during the The Anarchy. The reverse seems to read [+O][–]R[B?]OD:ON:OX, so this is a new moneyer for the Oxford mint, unless this is the same moneyer as that of a coin in the Royal Collection.


Disclaimer: we have been assured that all information contributed to the Society and posted here has been obtained under the following obligations:

  • Permission was granted from the landowner.
  • Metal detecting did not take place on a scheduled monument.
  • Anything that is classed as ‘treasure’ was reported to the Finds Liaison Officer / Coroner. (There are very strict laws on what constitutes treasure depending on the age, metal content and number of objects – https://www.gov.uk/treasure).

Page first published 07-04-2022 | Last updated 23-04-2023 | Copyright © 2018-2024 Ian Lee | All rights reserved.