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Gordon Heritage

Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

Gordon first started coin hunting on parks and commons in Buckinghamshire and soon amassed many thousands of coins dating back to the 17th century. Not content with this he started researching areas that had yielded older finds and in 1987 found his first hoard of 627 Roman silver denarii. This find transformed his hobby into a fulltime pursuit and it wasn’t long before his exceptional discoveries were being featured in treasure hunting magazines.

In September 2000 Gordon and his detecting buddy made their best discovery to date, a pot containing two Bronze age neck Torcs and three heavy bracelets. The five gold items weighed in at over 2Kg, and were later valued at £290,000.

His last exceptional find was again down to researching an old hoard originally discovered in 1849. The Whaddon Chase hoard was a scattered hoard of Celtic gold staters and Gordon surmised that as the original hoard had been scattered by the plough, some must have been missed in the hunt to recover them. Sure enough, 75 coins were soon found using a Minelab Explorer and GPX-4000.

You may recognise Gordon from his film work for Minelab, MLOtv and for his involvement on the forum minelabowners.com. He first tried his hand at filming when he was invited to participate in the X-TERRA production. He then continued working with Gary Brun and Pat Watson (Mapletree Studios) on further work including the “Shallow water hunting” DVD. Gordon has brought his detecting experience to the production team, and they now produce many instructional films for MLOtv.com and MDUNI.com.

MLOVT metal detecting videos

Gordon is an expert with the complete Minelab range, including the latest GPX 5000, however, the FBS detectors (E-TRAC, Explorer, Safari) are his favourite.

Posts

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

SDC 2300 Field Test Part 2

July 23, 2014 06:07pm

After the success of finding my first Roman gold coin with the SDC 2300, I decided to take it in my hand luggage to Croatia.

The trip was hastily organised when we received news that a field had been harvested, where Richard Lincoln and I had found 55 hammered coins in November 2013 (picture below). The Croatian archaeologists wanted us to identify the area of the hoard, so the race was on to do this before the farmer sowed his crop.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on July 23, 2014 06:07pm | 1 Comment

SDC 2300 Field Test Part 1

July 17, 2014 12:45am

I’ve been using the new SDC 2300 for a few weeks now, testing it out for coin and relic hunting.

The first thing I noticed was how easy this detector is to use. Assembly is simple and quick... resembling something from Transformer movie. Then at the end of the day it folds back down in less than a minute, and can be slipped in to a backpack for discrete transfer home. 

Posted by Gordon Heritage on July 17, 2014 12:45am | 0 Comments

My Diary of our trip to Croatia 2013 - Part 4

December 31, 2013 07:46pm

It's coming to the end of my trip in Croatia so we make one last push to cover several sites to see how well my Minelab detectors would perform on "worked out" sites. 

Posted by Gordon Heritage on December 31, 2013 07:46pm | 0 Comments

My Diary of our trip to Croatia 2013 - Part 3

December 20, 2013 09:00am

In the third part of his 4 part blog series Gordon continues his detecting in Croatia and fills us on on some of his fantastic finds. 

Posted by Gordon Heritage on December 20, 2013 09:00am | 0 Comments

My Diary of our trip to Croatia 2013 - Part 2

December 13, 2013 08:20pm

In the second part of his 4 part blog series Gordon tells us about his first experiences of detecting in Croatia and learning a bit more about their fantastic history. 

Posted by Gordon Heritage on December 13, 2013 08:20pm | 0 Comments

My Diary of our trip to Croatia 2013 - Part 1

December 06, 2013 08:49pm

In this 4 part blog series Gordon Heritage tells the story of his recent 8 day detecting trip to Croatia with fellow detectorist Steve Gaunt and Richard Lincoln. The main purpose of the trip was to see if Croatian rivers were worth detecting and to follow up on a medieval hoard site for missed coins. They were also there to promote metal detecting to local archaeologists and to show how detecting can be used for responsible recording of finds. 

In the opening part Gordon tells us about his trip to Croatia, meeting a few of the locals and getting ready for the detecting that layed ahead. 

Posted by Gordon Heritage on December 06, 2013 08:49pm | 0 Comments

The new Minelab PRO-SWING 45 harness

August 02, 2013 10:00am

If you own a GPX 4800, GPX 5000 or the new CTX 3030, you'll be interested in Minelab's new harness; the PRO-SWING 45.

All GPX models are supplied with a good quality harness, and the PRO-SWING 45 builds on this platform, taking it to a higher level.

The main inclusion with this harness is an integrated J-strut, designed to transfer the weight of the detector from your shoulder and neck, down to your hip...

Posted by Gordon Heritage on August 02, 2013 10:00am | 2 Comments

Minelab CTX 3030 – UK program - Part 2

May 13, 2013 12:30pm

In part one we built the mode (program) and now I would like to take a closer look at the settings and the thought behind them.

The first mode with the tadpole patterns is the main program, and the clear screen mode is the mode I switch to if I need to analyse iffy targets.

It doesn't matter how you mix and match these patterns between the two modes, and previously I mixed a tadpole and clear screen pattern on each mode. The problem with that is I couldn’t see which mode I was in as they looked very similar. So now I keep the most recognisable elements together, which are the tadpole patterns.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on May 13, 2013 12:30pm | 5 Comments

Minelab CTX 3030 - UK program - Part 1

April 29, 2013 10:55am

The CTX 3030 is a great metal detector that can be used many different ways, and in this blog post I'm going to show you how I use it.

First I need to explain where and what I’m searching for. In the UK I search for ancient finds rather than the more recent finds like milled coins. My entire quarry dates older than 300 years, and I often search for finds over a thousand years old. So Search Modes (programs) used to find coins in parks just don’t cut it for me.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on April 29, 2013 10:55am | 0 Comments
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