9 years for a hoard

If you doubt that perseverance is a quality highly required for a good detectorist, just have a look on this testify:

“My name is Glenn Lister, i am 52 years old. I have been metal detecting on and off for 30 years and I have been a member of the North West Metal detecting club for 17 years. The club is based in Manchester, England. I am the Finds Recording Officer for my club which makes me responsible for recording some of our club finds alongside our local Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Liaison Officer. I have been using the ‘XP Goldmaxx Power’ for approximately 6 years and would not consider using any other make of machine except ‘XP’. My finds rate on Hammered, Roman and Anglo Saxon coinage increased substantially once I started using the ‘Goldmaxx Power’.

The Anglo -Saxon Gold finds are part of a Hoard discovered by myself and two of my North West Club mates who are Cyril Askew and Dennis O’Neil. I found the Arm Ring in September 2013 and it was the first signal.

I received on stepping onto the field! I was overjoyed to have found Ancient Gold again so quickly! Approximately 15 minutes later Cyril found his A- Type Bracteate in the area where the other Bracteates had been found previously.

The hoard has been uncovered over a period of 9 years from 2004 to 2013. I have personally found 2 x A-Type Gold Bracteates*, The Gold Arm ring or Bracelet and a Copper Alloy Arm Ring that had been gilded.

deux braceletsDennis found 2 x B-Type Bracteates and Cyril found 1 x A-Type Bracteates.


All the finds have been deliberately damaged before being deposited into the ground. This could possibly be a sign of Ritual activity connected to Burial or Cremation activities or there may be some other as yet unknown reason for the damage. An Archaeological Excavation of the findspot is planned for September 2014 which will hopefully bring to light more finds and maybe give a clearer explanation of why the hoard was concealed.

In the latest Treasure report received in respect to the Arm Ring and Cyrils Bracteates progressing through the UK Treasure Act process, Charlotte Behr of the University of Roehampton suggests; ” The combined weight of Circa 93 grams of Gold including the Pendants and the Gold Bracelet makes this find the heaviest Gold find in Anglo -Saxon England between the late Roman coin hoard from Patching, Sussex and the 7th Century coin hoards from Sutton Hoo (Suffolk) and Crondall (Hampshire) »! In addition to this the 2 x A – Type Bracteates found by myself are believed to be the Largest in diameter and the heaviest in weight to be found in Britain so far !

Roll on September 2014 when we will get the opportunity to detect this fantastic field again!”

XP team wishes you good luck for September, Guys. Waiting for hearing from you!

*A bracteate (from the Latin bractea, a thin piece of metal) is a flat, thin, single-sided gold medal worn as jewelry that was produced in Northern Europe predominantly during the Migration Period of the Germanic Iron Age (including the Vendel era in Sweden). The term is also used for thin discs, especially in gold, to be sewn onto clothing in the ancient world, as found for example in the ancient Persian Oxus Treasure, and also later silver coins produced in central Europe during the early Middle Ages (Wikipedia).

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