One rainy day in October had a few hours to spare in the morning , as I had a doctors appointment in the afternoon . Taking advantage of this limited time I decided to visit one of my local fields in West Norfolk.
The field was on the top of a hill with a Roman villa a few kilometres away. The farmer had just removed the potato crop so I was looking forward to searching it again, the sandy soil was easy to dig but the recent rain made quite a challenge .
I arrived at the field and decided to wait for the rain to stop, the clouds were clearing I knew it wouldn’t be long .Looking across the field I could see a rainbow which made me smile as it seemed to cross my intended search area .
I remember thinking is there a pot of gold for me at the end of that rainbow?
Having been detecting for a short while in program 3 (Deus Fast) I suddenly I got a sharp signal . I dug out a small spade full of the sandy soil and was greeted by a glint of gold, I really could not believe my eyes, I reached down and saw what appeared to be a Roman Gold in coin in mint condition, just looking up at me.
After carefully securing the coin in my finds bag, I stood up and started searching again and got a range of sharp signals, to many to comprehend… each one bringing up more gold coins and then Silver Roman coins started to appear. I stopped and called the landowner I wanted him to share the experience, I then contacted my local Finds Liaison Officer. I carefully covered up the find spot and waited for the next stage in the excavation, I had recovered everything in the plough soil, perhaps the professionals could find some further interesting archaeology deeper.
The FLO team turned up 2 days later and excavated the area, they found one more Gold Solidus and 20 Siliqua.
In total 8 Gold Solidus were recovered and 115 Siliqua. The Gold Coins were believed to be Constantine II but are still at the museum being documented.
What a fantastic triumph for British history and indeed the XP Deus.
Why the XP Deus is my choice of machine
I originally owned an XP GoldMaxx, my detecting partner used a Deus. Having seen what my friend was finding every weekend I knew I had to get a Deus. At 74 years old the Deus Ws4 was a great investment, it’s light to swing, very simple to use and as you can see…produces some fantastic results. That’s my short article on a day I will never forget.
Thanks XP for a great product.
Constantine II a brief history
The eldest son of Constantine the Great and Fausta , after the death of his half-brother Crispus, Constantine II was born in Arles in February 316 and raised as a Christian. On 1 March 317, he was made Caesar, at the age of seven, in 323, he took part in his father’s campaign against the Sarmatians. At age ten he became commander of Gaul, following the death of Crispus. An inscription dating to 330 records the title of Alamannicus, so it is probable that his generals won a victory over the Alamanni. His military career continued when Constantine I made him field commander during the 332 campaign against the Goths.
By Philip Jones
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