Metal detecting on the River Thames

I am so pleased XP gave me the opportunity to write some articles about my metal detecting experiences, however every good story requires an introduction.
Metal detecting has always been something I wanted to try, one day I came to the conclusion that it’s time to look at it differently, stop being passionate about it from a distance, it’s time to get involved.
I started my adventure without doing my homework and became the proud owner of a Chinese detector, with great capabilities, if you believed the manufacturers advertising material.

 As you can imagine I had very little successes with this equipment… to be honest, none at all, but owning a metal detector had turned my head, although at this point I was still not convinced that one of the most important keys to success was investing a reasonable amount on kit, I ended up buying a Garrett  ACE.

It was better, but it still wasn’t good enough for what I wanted, here in Poland they say: “third time’s a charm”. I decided that my third purchase must give me satisfaction, and believe me it did!
This time I was the proud owner of an XP Deus, now fast forward a couple of years and I have made some amazing finds. I live in London, which inevitably limits my possibilities when it comes to obtaining permissions. In London and the surrounding areas, it’s virtually impossible to get them, so I resorted to what I call commercial searching “Pay per dig” with local clubs. Many times we often returned to the same fields week after week, I found this very frustrating.

Maruisz searching for treasure on the river thames with his XP Deus

This whole situation prompted me to take some serious actions and hopefully create new opportunities for me to become independent from commercial digging.

My new quest was to be the River Thames

I am a great lover of ancient Rome I can’t walk by the Thames without thinking what secrets this river could reveal, as it linked London over the centuries.

XP Deus metal detector is the perfect tool for searching the Thames foreshore

After all the first traces of settlement are the remains of a camp and harbour Londinium, set up by Roman legionaries (43 AD). Although there are many theories about the city’s foundation, I will quote at least this one – Richard Coates proposed that the origin of the name comes from the pre-Celtic, Old European word “lowonida” meaning “a river too wide to ford it” – I live near this river and I have always wanted to try mud larking, here was my chance.

Maruisz medieval clay pipe

And so my River Thames adventures began.
My first searches were eyes only, recovering some interesting items including this fantastic pipe, now I’m searching using my Deus…but I will tell you more about searching the Thames foreshore in future episodes.
Until the next time thanks for reading Mariusz