I have owned my Deus now for around three years and have to say it is without a doubt the fastest reacting and lightest machine I have owned to date.
I have found various hammered coins with my machine since buying it, and even found my first hammered coin with it over nine inches deep on pasture. I was amazed at this as it sounded so strong as if it was only an inch or two down.
On the 9 th of February I managed a couple of days off work, however the weather was horrendous so didn’t want to be out too long. The first field I searched was a new one and looked very promising or so I thought ! As usual what looked ideal turned out quite poor so I moved on to a site next to my home. I found a venetian coin which I had never seen before, shortly after that and on route to the car as is sometimes usual with these stories I found a Charles sixpence. The next day I returned and thought I would start from where I had found the sixpence. My Deus was set up with an 11 inch coil and basic one using three tones . Quite simplistic with sensitivity around 90 and 18 kHz .
After a very short time I picked up a fairly quiet but distinct high tone with no numbers on the display, I walked around it a couple of times then left it. I walked several yards away then my thoughts wandered back to Gary’s forum and the thread on deep signals. We had a deep target discussion on Gary’s XP forum earlier in the week, I remembered people talking about signals reading zero or no numbers on the display and how to trust the audio sound over the meter.
Something made me walk back to the spot and relocate the faint high tone. I found it and started to dig. I dug down eight or nine inches and the signal kept getting more distinct, inspiring me to dig more.
The first evidence appeared between the top soil and clay sub soil . I took the object out and thought this looks like what I had seen in detecting magazines and museums, I remember thinking…. knowing my luck it must be the end of a curtain pole or something. Then another item was visible just next to it , I lifted it out and held it to the sky…At this point I thought wow these are socketed axe heads.
Once again I reached down to remove the next object from the hole, I could feel it was sharp and some considerable length, it turned out to be a sword in fantastic condition, which was amazing to think it had been buried for all that time.
I put the items to one side and googled the local Flo number on my phone. Eventually I got through and explained my situation and what I had found. She suggested I took a photo and email it to her for an immediate identification. Thanks to Technology the FLO (Finds Liaison Officer) instantly had an HD quality picture showing the objects.
Within minutes she called back, I could tell by her voice she was very excited “It looks like you have a hoard” She went on to say the items look like 750 to 1100 BC and there may be more in the hole.
The FLO asked me to continue gently to see if there were any other objects while she tried to put together an emergency team of archaeologists to excavate the find spot.
I reached into the hole and more axe heads began to appear , I called her again and said I would rather they came and professionally excavated them along with photographs for the benefit of the hobby and the local community. She agreed and after what seemed to be hours the archaeologists eventually arrived.
With the help of my trusty Deus the archaeologists went on to recover the rest of my hoard. The total hoard consisted of ten socketed axe heads of various types with two spear heads, a sword and part of a bowl.
Looking back I feel the FLO handled the situation very well, she had instructed her team to hand the finds over to me. As that was not common practice it showed an element of trust with myself as a metal detectorist and the FLO.
She requested that I bring the finds to her over the next week which I did with pleasure. The finds are now being reviewed by a panel.
Recently a large scale Time team dig headed by renowned archaeologist Clive Waddington took place approximately one mile from the find spot.
The dig was very successful and helped us understand bronze age living in our area. The dig went on over a period of weeks and involved a large team of volunteers. Looking back the Deus actually did very well considering the amount of finds it made in comparison to what the entire Time team dig recovered.
I look forward to any advancements made by XP towards the Deus in the future as it is already so easy to transport and use. The internet is a wealth of information, if it wasn’t for the great advice offered I know I would have never found this amazing treasure.
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