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Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part IV

October 29, 2014 08:33pm

Wednesday started early and so did the rain. The soil in the part of Croatia we were in isn’t the best to walk on when it’s wet, it turns very greasy. So our first call was the market, always worth a visit.  It’s a traditional sort of market where you can buy anything from a jar of honey to a lorry load of wood and anything in between. Not exactly what we’re here for but  a nice interlude.  Whilst we were at the market we bought some flowers and a gooseberry bush to be planted at Steve Gaunts vikenica (vickenitsa) or weekend cottage.  So we did that, grabbed some pastrys for lunch and headed for the cottage.There was another reason for going there: just beyond the cottage is a field with some nice black patches that show up on Google earth. That had to be worth a look, especially as the rain had stopped and the sun was drying the fields quickly.

Posted by Richard Lincoln on October 29, 2014 08:33pm | 0 Comments

Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part III

October 21, 2014 09:40pm

Tuesday

In the middle of Vinkovci there is a large archaeological dig happening.  They believe that the site is that of a temple, it spans four centuries.  It is just over the road from the site where the Vinkovci treasure consisting of 34 high quality silver plates was found a few years ago. We had an invitation to visit the site and to search with our CTX 3030’s …. It would be rude to refuse that sort of invitation!

Posted by Richard Lincoln on October 21, 2014 09:40pm | 0 Comments

Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part II

October 14, 2014 01:42am

Monday started at 7:00am.  We first had to meet up with Hrvoje Vulic, the chief archaeologist at Vinkovci Museum to be briefed on the conditions of our permits and then on the methodology for the days work. We were to search the site with the CTX3030’s using the on board GPS and data logging to show the position of each signal. The signal would then be excavated by a technician who would bag and tag it with the find point number.  Once the area had been searched the technicians would identify the area of highest concentration and excavate it by around 6” (150mm) while we searched the spoil for any coins that may have been missed. Then we were to search the area again and the process would be repeated. We were excited, although this wasn’t the site we had come to search we had found four coins on the surface and the site hadn’t been metal detected before. The indications were good.

Posted by Richard Lincoln on October 14, 2014 01:42am | 0 Comments

Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part I

October 07, 2014 12:35am

Myself and Gordon Heritage left the U.K. at around 8:00p.m. on Friday and drove 1,250 miles in a little under 24 hours.  Having two drivers really does cut the travelling time down even if Gordon does find my snoring a huge distraction whilst he takes his turn at the wheel!

Our mission is to follow up on a hoard of mediaeval silver coins.  The original hoard was found by Steve Gaunt who is our host, contact and chief protector on this trip.  The hoard comprises of coins of King Sigismund and Queen Maria.   It sounds a simple mission but in reality it involves a lot of permissions.  Due to the cultural laws in Croatia there were hoops that we had to “jump through” in order for this trip to go ahead.  First, we needed an authorisation from the Croatian Ministry of Culture for us to search for items of historical or cultural importance. 

Posted by Richard Lincoln on October 07, 2014 12:35am | 0 Comments

Please welcome Richard Lincoln to Treasure Talk

October 01, 2014 08:36pm

I would like to welcome Richard Lincoln to Treasure Talk. Last year, I was on a detecting trip in Croatia with Richard and he will be writing a blog series about this for you all to enjoy. But, before we get to this, here is an introduction from Richard about himself and how he got started in detecting:

Posted by Gordon Heritage on October 01, 2014 08:36pm | 0 Comments

Modes to Find the Deep Gold

September 15, 2014 02:21pm

Just in case you have not heard the news yet, the versatile waterproof CTX 3030 is more than just a master of discrimination on the beach and in the shallow water.

Posted by Gary Drayton on September 15, 2014 02:21pm | 1 Comment

SDC 2300 – Experiences from the Arizona Goldfields (Part 2)

August 15, 2014 11:56pm

The following day I returned to the patch and decided to stay out of the main “run” and instead focus on the fringes of the patch that were covered in heavy scrub. The thick oak brush and Manzanita made it virtually impossible to work with a large diameter coil. The constant snags and hang-ups were beyond frustrating, but this brush provided the perfect hiding place for a few more nuggets. By the end of the day I left with scratches on my arms, but not empty handed. Careful searching produced four small bits of gold for a total weight of only 0.5 grams; the deepest of which was roughly four inches. The SDC’s 8” monoloop coil was easy to maneuver around the brush, and its solid design kept it from getting snagged on the many low hanging branches. I feel it will be a good choice for working most of the central Arizona goldfields. 

Posted by Chris Gholson on August 15, 2014 11:56pm | 0 Comments

SDC 2300 – Experiences from the Arizona Goldfields (Part 1)

August 12, 2014 12:30am

When I looked down at the minuscule shard of iron in my hand I couldn’t help but be impressed. It was paper thin and only about a quarter the size of a grain of rice. This was my very first target found with the new SDC 2300 and it was incredibly small. So small in fact, that it would not trigger my digital scale! In the days to follow I would discover that not only could the SDC find incredibly small targets, it could pull them from ground that had been detected many times in the past.  The place I chose to take my new SDC was one of my old nugget patches located in central Arizona in the foothills of the famed gold-bearing Bradshaw Mountains.

Posted by Chris Gholson on August 12, 2014 12:30am | 0 Comments

Beach Hunting with the SDC 2300

July 30, 2014 04:36am

Because I am a beach and shallow water hunter, I was happy to hear the news that Minelab had introduced another new waterproof metal detector. After doing the hard part of convincing my lovely wife that I really needed an SDC 2300, it was off to the beach for some testing.

Posted by Gary Drayton on July 30, 2014 04:36am | 0 Comments

The SDC 2300 Finds Both Little AND Big Nuggets!

July 25, 2014 05:41pm

I am just back from a two week prospecting trip to Alaska (11 days of digging), and I now have about 120+ hours of prospecting with the SDC 2300 and I have really been impressed with it. Just to show how successful the SDC 2300 has been for me, here are 50 grams (1.6 ounces) of SDC 2300 gold I have dug from both California and Alaska. 

Posted by Chris Ralph on July 25, 2014 05:41pm | 0 Comments
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