I’ve started detecting in early 2011. First I purchased a cheap turn on and go detector that turned out to be unsuitable for true finds, therefore I moved to a better detector, similarly with minimal setting options. After a few interesting finds, and a constantly increasing desire to dig out some valuable objects, have considered buying a higher quality machine. My decision was an X-TERRA 705 with a 18.75 kHz coil, that arrived in mid-October.
Still, due to different engagements, I was unable to filed-test the detector for weeks. After a few room-tests, thorough reading of the user-guide, X-TERRA user reviews and available movies on the detector, have finally managed to test it in a real environment.
In early summer, I was detecting close to a cornfield and have observed some small, old pot pieces on the ground, and decided to return to the spot after the harvesting is finished. Early in the morning the 4th of November I reached the field. Setting up the detector took a while but after a few minutes of instability, have managed to find the appropriate settings for a smooth operation.
Within a quarter, I moved to a higher elevated part of the field where I’ve seen some pot pieces. There I had the first constant high tone signal with a 32 TID. Have circled the target to be certain that it is not a piece of iron. The signal remained clear and the TID varied only between 30 and 32. Thus I’ve decided to dig it and at about 15 cm, there it was, a beautiful roman fibula.
I couldn’t believe my eyes, this was my first roman find ever. After a few mites of joy have rushed back to hunting, and the area turned out to be the dream of a detectorist. Within 3 hours I managed to dug one more brooch, a silver denarius, two small bronze coins and a completely corroded aluminum coin.
My 4 hour detecting finds were as follows:
-fibulae (2nd-4th century AD)
-brooch (2nd-4th century AD)
-Constantius II. AE ½ Centenionalis (4th century AD)
-Silver Denarius, Faustina Senior(2nd century AD)
-small bronze coin (still to be identified)
-1 aluminum coin (most probably a Hungarian coin from the late 1920s or newer).
Now I’m sure I made a right decision by moving to X-TERRA 705. The detector proved its high quality on its first day in the field. Although I had no time to hunt with it since this memorable day, I’m highly positive that’ll give me further valuable finds and lots of fun.
Magor - Hungary, Europe