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Metal Detecting Adventures on the Infamous Oak Island

August 14, 2015 03:17pm

In 2014 I was honoured to be invited to help the owners of Oak Island (located in Nova Scotia, Canada) in their quest to solve the mystery of the famous “Money Pit”.

For those who do not know the story, Oak Island is rumoured to have buried pirate treasure hidden in a mine shaft with an elaborate booby-trapped flooding system to prevent people from recovering the treasure.

Posted by Gary Drayton on August 14, 2015 03:17pm | 0 Comments

Old Coins, Lipstick and a Cow Bell!

July 28, 2015 01:14pm

One of the things I love most about the hobby of metal detecting is the anticipation of what you will find on any given trip. Last week was no exception as I headed out early to one of my favorite parks that has been producing a steady stream of finds for the last four years.

Posted by Mark Gerlach on July 28, 2015 01:14pm | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 – Using Combined Audio (Revisited)

June 19, 2015 05:42pm

A common question that arises from time-to-time on many of the online forums is:

Will I get more “nulling” when using Combined audio? 

Posted by Randy Horton on June 19, 2015 05:42pm | 0 Comments

Advantages of the Coiltek 10” x 5” CTX Coil

April 17, 2015 08:03pm

Are you spending too much time digging those deeply buried nails?  Here are some ways you can fine-tune your techniques, when using the Coiltek 10”’ x 5” elliptical coil for the C TX3030.

Posted by Randy Horton on April 17, 2015 08:03pm | 2 Comments

Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - An Archaeologist's perspective

December 02, 2014 08:03pm

The Minelab CTX 3030 and its use in archaeological site evalution and identification –  by Hrjove Vulic Chief Archaeologist at Vinkovci Museum 

Vinkovci municipal Museum is in charge of a 1022 km2 area in the east of Croatia. Due to extremely good geological and geographical positioning this area has always been interesting to people.  Due to that fact we have an extremely large density of archaeological sites from the first Neolithic settlers more than 6000 years ago to the post Ottoman era. This fact reflects well in the city of Vinkovci, with 8000 years of continuous archaeological layers and almost a whole city being archaeologically protected.

Posted by Richard Lincoln on December 02, 2014 08:03pm | 0 Comments

Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part VII

November 25, 2014 08:06pm

Yesterdays blog was to be the last one for the week but things change. At the press conference we presented the Vinkovci archaeological department with their own CTX 3030 to show our appreciation for the help and hospitality they have afforded us, not just during our stay but also beforehand in ensuring that all the relevant permissions and paperwork were in place.

Posted by Richard Lincoln on November 25, 2014 08:06pm | 0 Comments

Diary of our trip to Croatia 2014 - Part V

November 04, 2014 09:15pm

Thursday morning we sat outside in the warm Croatian spring sunshine, drinking coffee, discussing the possibilities of the day.  We heard the familiar sound of Steves Landrover approaching and ordered a coffee for him. As we sat Steve gave us some exciting news, the Museum had asked if we would go and have a look at a field where someone had been spotted detecting but nothing had been reported to them as having come from there. The Museum wanted to know what the field held.

Posted by Richard Lincoln on November 04, 2014 09:15pm | 0 Comments

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


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
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