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Julian Evan-Hart

Julian Evan-Hart metal detectorist

Julian is from Weston in Hertfordshire, England and from a young age has always been interested in fossils and antiquities, when aged six he found a mammoth tooth lying by some recent road works and that was it! His passion took off!

Later Julian’s interests turned to aviation archaeology and wildlife. He has been involved in some 200 aircraft excavations and crash site searches. It was in the late 1970s that the logical move to metal detecting took place.

book: beginner's guide to metal detecting

In 2003 Julian co-authored “The Beginners Guide to Metal Detecting” and writes regular metal detecting articles for ‘Treasure Hunting Magazine’ and ‘Britain at War magazine’. He has also written for several overseas metal detecting / historical magazines in the USA. In June 2007 he wrote and had published the Hertfordshire volume for the “War Torn Skies” series about aviation incidents in that county. This has since been followed in 2008 by the Cambridgeshire volume (Essex and Beds and Bucks has been submitted for publication). 

In 2007 Julian helped to organise the World`s first ever archaeological excavation of a crashed Zeppelin at Theberton in Suffolk which was made in to a BBC Timewatch programme.

Then in September 2009 he instigated Time Teams investigation of the Litlington Villa in Cambridgeshire and met many of the “Team”. This was a success and parts of the Villa were uncovered and plotted for the first time in 150 years.


CTX 3030 Raising the temperature

December 14, 2012 04:37pm

Well its mid December 2012 and the good old United Kingdom is on the receiving end of a real icy blast. Temperatures at night are dropping to -10-15 and for us here that's cold.

One Wednesday morning mid this icy blast I had a day off work, sadly none of my colleagues did. So I pondered what to do with this day on my own... and within a milli-second had decided to go detecting with the CTX 3030.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on December 14, 2012 04:37pm | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 - The prediction fulfiller

December 06, 2012 02:20pm

The other day I received a very kind invitation to detect upon some newly available land in Cambridgeshire from my good detecting buddy Jason. Arriving as always full of anticipation I was delighted to hear that a Roman site was adjacent to our search area. As I unpacked the CTX 3030 I scanned over the flat land surrounded by the ancient Gog Magog hills, it sure looked good.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on December 06, 2012 02:20pm | 0 Comments

The CTX 3030 forces History to repeat itself

November 09, 2012 09:25am

We have been searching a large Roman site for the past 16 years now. When we first discovered it and gained permission hundreds of coins came off it as well as many artefacts. Of course such losses are finite and over the years finds declined in number.

Back in the old days of our group I was the very first to get a Minelab Explorer and almost immediately my finds rate as I learned the machine`s capabilities rapidly escalated. I was easily achieving 100+ coins a day whilst varied detector owning colleagues were struggling to get 25-35. This went on for a few months, but my joy and top position was short lived and soon ousted as all my colleagues went and got Minelab Explorers too.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on November 09, 2012 09:25am | 0 Comments

The Three Tiles

October 02, 2012 02:50pm

Having had some brilliant experiences with metal detecting and that I’ve always been passionate about historical research, a few years back I pondered on a project. Having had several books already published and written hundreds of magazine articles, I wondered if I could possibly manage it... or at least have a go. Could I produce a Metal Detecting orientated novel?

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on October 02, 2012 02:50pm | 0 Comments

Right place, wrong time. No, right place anytime!

September 26, 2012 10:40am

No doubt we can all think of a situation where we have been in the right place, but at the wrong time, or even perhaps wrong place at the wrong time. Several days ago I got a call from a farmer to say one of his fields was ready for us. In my sheer enthusiasm and in thanking him I forgot to ask just what "ready" actually meant.

Arriving there we found it wasn’t quite "ready" as we would have liked. The field in question which is a huge Romano British settlement site was covered in stiff yard broom like stubble.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on September 26, 2012 10:40am | 0 Comments

An educational day out with the CTX 3030 and its cousins

August 31, 2012 10:45am

Having a day off work simply meant a trip would be planned to detect somewhere. The question was where exactly? With harvest in full swing ploughed fields or even rolled ones are a scarce commodity as the farmers struggle to get the crop in before the next rain storm. For readers not living in Britain we have just had our wettest "Summer" since records began and that was I believe in the 18th Century. Anyway we found a suitable field, it was a field we knew well.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on August 31, 2012 10:45am | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 Baptism of brilliance with FindPoint - Part 2

June 20, 2012 04:00pm

In part 1 of this blog post I explained how I discovered remains of a Roman lead tank, now I’ll explain how I cleaned it and will be using XChange 2 to dig deeper into this mystery.

When I returned home I began cleaning the items hoping that my example might also be highly decorated. Unfortunately this was not the case; the only decoration on one of my panels is of a spear shaped leaf. This is in moulded format and appears to be composed of beading. Ironically if it is a willow tree leaf then that would be appropriate as these trees also grow in damp areas.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on June 20, 2012 04:00pm | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 Baptism of brilliance with FindPoint - Part 1

June 19, 2012 01:50pm

For me no more important example of just how superb this FindPoint facility is can be given by a recent series of finds that I made. Whilst searching a Roman site that had been much deeper ploughed this year I found a sheet of lead about 8 inches long and 9mm thick, that had been folded. This find was virtually on the surface and obviously gave a really prominent signal. Just a piece of lead? I didn’t think so; previously I had located a few pieces here before but nothing as big as this.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on June 19, 2012 01:50pm | 0 Comments

So is FBS 2 any better than the original FBS?

June 01, 2012 02:00pm

Well what a question to ask eh? The CTX 3030 has only been released in the last few days, unfair to ask it? I think not. However perhaps it is a little premature until we get all the reports from field tests and other users. I’m no techno-expert, but briefly FBS 2 utilises multiple frequency transmission and coil-to-detector data communication to locate targets in a wide variety of soil conditions. However, I would like to make a submission of my own relating to the efficiency of the new FBS 2. Of course at this stage this information relates purely to my own personal experience and no-one else’s... or does it?


Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on June 01, 2012 02:00pm | 6 Comments

CTX 3030 solves a 1500 year old Saxon puzzle!

May 22, 2012 12:00pm

Sometime in the last 1500 years a beautifully decorated and richly gilded Saxon artefact was sadly broken in half. Most likely through intense agricultural activity the two pieces were then scattered further apart over the passing centuries. Or, who knows, perhaps originally a Saxon noble threw away the broken artefact in anger after he snapped it, or did a mighty warrior and his horse crash to earth, smashing off the ornately decorated artefact un-noticed amidst the violent actions of a long forgotten and unrecorded battle?

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on May 22, 2012 12:00pm | 0 Comments
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