Viking Gold and Oath Rings Part Two

The Context of Gold

by Kristen Nedergaard Dreiøe

Now the crops had grown too high for us to sweep our DEUS dectectors. We had to close down the search, leaving the corn to be the guardians over what was possibly remaining in the ground. A month later in mid-July 2016 the Viking bracelets were hastily exhibited at the local museum before their final destination at the National Museum.

In just two weeks, the exhibition had received a month’s worth of visitors!

In just two weeks, the exhibition had received a month’s worth of visitors!

In just two weeks, the exhibition had received a month’s worth of visitors, the atmosphere was electric. It was silly season, and the news about the gold bracelets quickly spread around the globe, and for a while distracted us from pursuing the next steps in our journey…. unearthing more evidence of significant Viking presence in the area.

The corn crops were due to be harvested at the end of October, and an extensive excavation of the finds spot was expected to take place a month or so later. There was plenty of months to grow impatient, which left us time to assist the museum and broaden our knowledge. We decided to make identical written agreements with the twelve major landowners surrounding the “gold field” to ensure a good and long-lasting support for our activities and secure future research for the museum.This was truly citizen science in practice. While waiting for the combine harvesters to do their job we swept the surrounding fields with our XP’s. We were now using GPS tracking to improve our detecting efficiency: Marie red tracks, Poul green tracks and me blue tracks. This method made it easy to see missing area’s and review our different detecting styles.

Garmin e-trex examples

I became very annoyed with my Garmin e-trex as it quickly ran the battery down. So I tested it against my smart phone GPS apps, but had to conclude they did not outsmart my Garmin device (if Glonass satellites were activated).

I became very annoyed with my Garmin e-trex as it quickly ran the battery down. So I tested it against my smart phone GPS apps, but had to conclude they did not outsmart my Garmin device (if Glonass satellites were activated). I also tried out different XP DEUS programs, especially Gary Blackwell’s Hot Program and this later proved itself as a good choice. We covered a lot of non-productive ground over the following months. It was only when we got close to the goldfield we started to discover Viking silver and bronze. These items appeared to be fragments of coins and buckles. We thought we had narrowed down the picture pretty well, until one day Marie found a gold nugget (remains from a goldsmith’s work), this was found nearly one kilometre away. That was mind-blowing. Had she found the workshop where the goldsmith was making the Viking kings jewellery? Suddenly, our original thoughts that the gold bracelets may have been royal gifts to a loyal Viking jarl was now challenged by an even wilder idea, maybe the bracelets were actually produced here. Maybe the find spot was far more important than we had originally thought?

While these thoughts were puzzling us, we were disturbed by a sweet sound. Finally, the heavy machinery started rolling into the field …At last it was harvest time! Based on the location of our finds the museum marked an area of approx. 40×20 metres as a no-go zone, this was going to be the excavation site when the archaeologists were ready to move in (around December). But we were still permitted to search the fields around the site. Our spirits were high but the finds were low during the first few days. Then on the 30th of October I was

Marie posing for the camera with her gold nugget!

Marie posing for the camera with her gold nugget!

using Gary’s HOT program when I made an amazing discovery just outside the excavation zone. I was detecting alone, as I started to unearth a target I noticed a glint of Yellow…. suddenly a gold object emerged from the ground, only this time it was a small piece, but breathtakingly beautifully crafted. It was a Thor’s hammer, it was the missing pendant. (See article 1) . This would now link the gold finds to Viking King Gorm the Old and with him to the first half of the 9th century. He was the last king still faithful to the Norse gods. I was paralysed with dis belief. I had to switch off my machine and return home to share this find with my team.

We had endless dreams about finding the missing pendant, and this is what we hoped to find when we started our quest in spring 2016.

We had endless dreams about finding the missing pendant, and this is what we hoped to find when we started our quest in spring 2016.

We had endless dreams about finding the missing pendant, and this is what we hoped to find when we started our quest in spring 2016. Now it was laying in my hand. Not only had it lead us to the 6 Viking gold bracelets, it also confirmed the location of the excavation site was very significant. We were convinced more treasure was going to emerge from the ground when the shovels would be replaced by serious hydraulic excavators. However, we now had to wait another 5 weeks.

Viking Gold and Oath Rings Part One

It was the first day of summer 2016. The early morning Wednesday sun was throwing its golden rays on the little town of Gram in the South of Jutland (Denmark). In most ways, it was just a normal day, and yet something felt very different. The day before my teammate Poul Nørgaard Pedersen had a spectacular dream. In the horizon he saw a beautiful Viking ship with wind filled sails. As he approached the ship it gradually got smaller until in the end he could put it in his pockets. Marie Aagaard Larsen, my beloved wife and the last member of our three person team called Team Rainbow Power, urged him to share his vision with “our archaeologist” Lars Grundvad from the Museum of Sønderskov Castle.

Lars Grundvad is our contact at the local museum we work very closely together and he takes great pleasure receiving artefacts from our metal detecting expeditions. We are great fans of Lars, because here in Denmark he is one of the new generation of archaeologists, he really appreciates the potential of “citizen science”, the collaboration between the communities of researchers and competent amateurs. His enthusiasm, generous sharing of knowledge and the latest archaeological methods is a great inspiration for us.

Lars was stunned when he heard about Poul’s dream, it was like listening to the tales of Norse Mythology. Skíðblaðnir was mentioned in the Poetic Eddas, according to which it received fair wind whenever its sail was set and it could be folded to a very small cloth and placed in one’s pocket at will. It was an ingenious creation and taken to the finest ship’s in the world of the Nordic Goods.

There was a particular atmosphere when Marie and Poul armed with their XP Deus as they headed for the “gold field” leaving me behind. It was my turn to babysit that Wednesday afternoon. It was warm and the air tense with expectation. In 1911 a farmer found an amazing Viking gold necklace hanging down from one of the tines of his harrow as he was placing the harrow on the wall after a good day’s work in the field. The necklace was fitted with two dragon heads later to be associated with the first Viking Kings of Denmark and their particular style of jewellery “Jellinge style”.

The necklace was fitted with two dragon heads later to be associated with the first Viking Kings of Denmark and their particular style of jewellery “Jellinge style”.

The necklace was fitted with two dragon heads later to be associated with the first Viking Kings of Denmark and their particular style of jewellery “Jellinge style”.

Lars had told us that the necklace was obviously missing a pendant – for instance the hammer of Thor or a crucifix. Our dream was to find this pendant. Little did we know that the name we gave our team would be significant to finding the treasure…..At the end of the rainbow was about to come true. Actually. At first Poul and I were a little uncomfortable with the name that Marie boldly suggested, because of its alternative connotations to the gay community. But, Marie needed to visualise what she was aiming for, and at the end we accepted it… Now we don’t mind it at all.

Finding the pendant would help to exactly determine the age of the necklace. If it was Thor’s hammer, then the necklace could be associated with the Danish Viking king “Gorm the Old”. If it was a crucifix it was to be associated with his son “Harald Bluetooth”, who claimed to be the one who united and baptised the Danes, and as such being the first King ruling the Kingdom of Denmark from year 958 and the following 30 years.

On previous visits we had made a couple of interesting finds from the pre-Viking era (bronze pearls), a Viking coin and a couple of bronze buckles with typical Viking ornamentations. As time passed the finds started drying out, so we decided to move area and focus to the far end of the vast field and continue out further searches there. Why did we decide to move ? we have no idea, however there was a strange feeling when we arrived at the new area, we all felt different and noticed the tense atmosphere.

4:35 PM the 1st of June 2016 Lars Grundvad received a text message from Marie Aagaard Larsen:

Marie: “You must come, NOW – with “Gold Beer”. I’m shaking, I’m shaking”

Lars: “Errhh… alright… could you send me some photos”

Photo of first Viking Gold Bracelet:

Lars: “Holy *** – Are you kidding me?”

Marie: “No – The purest gold”

Lars: “Ohhh ****! I can’t come out now. I’m alone with my baby boy. Could we meet tomorrow? You did it! You’ve made my dream come true. Congratulations to everybody. Congratulations to all of you”

20 minutes later another two gold bracelets emerged from the ground – one of them with the signature design of the Viking kings from Jelling.

20 minutes later another two gold bracelets emerged from the ground – one of them with the signature design of the Viking kings from Jelling.

20 minutes later another two gold bracelets emerged from the ground – one of them with the signature design of the Viking kings from Jelling.

My team members with their XP’s had located a gold treasure with direct links to the first Viking kings in Denmark, and the birth of Denmark as a nation.

Apart from being a strong lager the word “Gold Beer” was a reward Lars boldly offered to his pack of detectorists. It was to be awarded to he or she who found the first archaeological artefact made of gold. In the end, he had to withdraw his offer. As far Too much beer would be at his expense.

My team members with their XP’s had located a gold treasure with direct links to the first Viking kings in Denmark, and the birth of Denmark as a nation.

My team members with their XP’s had located a gold treasure with direct links to the first Viking kings in Denmark, and the birth of Denmark as a nation.

I was also babysitting that afternoon, and I can’t explain to you the mixed emotions flushing through my body as the messages, pictures and calls were constantly disturbing my efforts to be an attentive father to his young son. I was so desperate to join my team. When Marie returned that evening she was in a state of shock, I guess only those who have found extraordinary treasures will know what that feeling is like. And luckily for me and for the team we all found gold bracelets over the following 12 days. We all got to feel the tremendous impact it has on you when you pick up gold from the ground. Like a lightening bolt rushing through your mind and body.

We made an oath to each other that day, that we would equally share whatever came our way, good or bad, rewards or rumors….. In this way we freed ourselves of the worries about who was going out to search the gold field, we were a united team. We found seven rings, six made of gold and one of silver. Probably oath rings offered by the Viking king to one of his very closest allies. We did not give oath rings to each other, but we were fortunate to be able to pass them on to you all.

Poul Nørgaard Pedersen, Marie Aagaard Larsen , Kristen Nedergaard Dreiøe

Poul Nørgaard Pedersen, Marie Aagaard Larsen , Kristen Nedergaard Dreiøe

Story By: Kristen Nedergaard Dreiøe March 2017

Pictures by : Michael Kirkeby Pedersen, Nick Schaadt, Kristen Nedergaard Dreioe and Poul Norgaard

July 2017 XP DEUS Boot Camps Announced For Virginia, Pennsylvania and Michigan

We are are pleased to announce that Andy Sabisch, well-known author, treasure hunter and veteran XP DEUS user, will be conducting several more XP Metal Detectors Americas authorized XP DEUS Boot Camp training courses. After attending this event you will come away with a solid understanding of all the features found on the XP DEUS metal detector.

Winchester, VA – July 1, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The next Bootcamp of 2017 will be held in the city of Winchester, VA. This location is in the middle of historic Virginia where American history took hold. There were more Civil War battles fought on Virginia soil that any other state. Add to that the rich history dating back to before the Revolutionary War and you have an area rich in history virtually everywhere you go. If you are into history, there are several battlefields just a short drive away. If your family is coming along and they are into shopping, the outlet mall is also nearby.

For more details about the Winchester Bootcamp including the hotel we will be using and logistics, click on the this link. You are NOT buying a ticket by clicking on it – you are simply getting more information so you can decide if it fits your schedule.

Wilkes-Barre, PA – July 8, 2017
Instructors: Andy Sabisch and Todd Yerks (a.k.a. CTTodd)

We are returning to Pennsylvania for another Bootcamp which will be held in the city of Wilkes-Barre, PA. This location is in the center of the state with easy access from I-80, I-81, the Northeast Extension or I-84. This section of Pennsylvania earned the reputation of the coal rich part of the state and remains of the mining that took place and in fact still takes place can be seen throughout the region. History is seen at every corner and the Wilkes-Barre – Scranton region showed that “Coal was King”. There are plenty of things to do and see in the area from touring an actual coal mine to taking in a show at the casino just a short drive from the hotel we are holding the Bootcamp at. If you are bringing your family, let us know and we can provide you with local attractions that can keep them occupied while you are attending the Bootcamp. And will we have Todd Yerks, a seasoned detectorist that knows his equipment as an instructor and more importantly, can share his knowledge in a way that makes it click.

For more details about the Wilkes-Barre Bootcamp including the hotel we will be using and logistics, click on the this link. You are NOT buying a ticket by clicking on it – you are simply getting more information so you can decide if it fits your schedule.

Woodhaven, MI- July 29, 2017
Instructor: Andy Sabisch

The next Bootcamp is being held just south of the Motor City . . . Detroit, MI. The location is midway between Toledo, OH and Detroit, MI just off of I-75. Detroit was actually the 4th largest city in America decades ago and now has fallen to a shadow of its former self as the auto makers have moved out and factories closed. Combine the parks and other sites that hold valuables lost by the people that once lived here with the history that dates back to the 1700’s when the area was settled, the eastern side of Michigan is a corridor rich in history.

There are plenty of things to do and see in the area from antiquing and sightseeing to going on a fishing charter out on Lake Erie or taking in a show at one of the local casinos just a short drive from the hotel we are holding the Bootcamp at. If you are bringing your family, let us know and we can provide you with local attractions that can keep them occupied while you are attending the Bootcamp.

For more details about the Woodhaven Bootcamp including the hotel we will be using and logistics, click on this link. You are NOT buying a ticket by clicking on it – you are simply getting more information so you can decide if it fits your schedule.

XP DEUS V4.0 Software and the High Frequency Coil

Subtle Changes Make a Difference in the Field!

By Andy Sabisch

Author Andy Sabisch pictured with the DEUS equipped with the new 9" Round DD High Frequency coil, Version 4 software and the long awaited XP MI-6 Wireless PInpointer.

Author Andy Sabisch pictured with the DEUS equipped with the new 9″ Round DD High Frequency coil, Version 4 software and the long awaited XP MI-6 Wireless PInpointer.

The long-awaited DEUS V4.0 software update was released in March 2017 and while some might have expected more features thanks to rumors that were rampant on the Internet, it truly takes the DEUS to the next level in terms of cutting-edge performance. If you think about it, how many detector manufacturers, or manufacturers of any electronic equipment for that matter, offer updates that improve functionality at no cost! Rather than simply releasing a DEUS II and forcing people to buy the newest detector in the series, XP provides the upgrade through a simple download that takes minutes to perform.

XP has released a spec sheet showing what was added to V4.0, so rather than repeating all of them here, I wanted to touch on the key features that will interest U.S. hunters. Obviously the one thing that V4.0 offers users is the ability to connect with the new wireless waterproof pinpointer (the MI-6) as well as the two new High Frequency (HF) search coils. I will touch on the HF coil in this review but the MI-6 will receive a separate review due to the myriad of features it offers. Other features added to V4.0 include a new Reactivity setting of 2.5, improved ground tracking, expanded audio tone range, a much more usable X-Y screen to help identify iron before you dig it and improved non-motion modes which can be used for searching as well as pinpointing. Other features such as the 2 new preset modes, the Smartphone app integration, an increased discrimination span which drops into the negative range and faster “touch-pad response” on the remote control will be of use to some but are not features that really put more in one’s pouch at the end of the day for most U.S. hunters.

Well what about the new HF coils? Like most, I felt that they were primarily designed for prospecting applications and since there are not a lot of gold nuggets being found in the Eastern U.S., I was not overly excited when I looked at them as possible additions to my DEUS arsenal. Fortunately – if you can say that – I had a severe allergic reaction to some prescribed medication that landed me in the hospital and kept me out of the field for a few weeks. During that time, I contacted several people that I knew in Europe and the U.K. that were trying out the new HF coil and they were quite excited about how it performed on coins and smaller relics. After getting some pointers from them, I had the opportunity to get one and start putting it through its paces.

The backyard of our house is the perfect testing ground for detectors. The house was built in 1843 and the relatively small grassy area is littered with 100’s of square nails along with rusted junk that has collected in the ground over the past 175 years. My wife and I have hunted it countless times but are usually able to find something of note. Rather than taking a new detector to a new site and then touting coins and other items recovered without checking to see if other detectors would have found them provides little truly objective evidence as to how it actually performs. Taking the DEUS with V4.0 loaded onto it and switching out the stock coil for the 9” HF coil, I headed out into the backyard. I wanted to hear the iron so I set the DISCRIMINATION at “10” and the IRON VOLUME at “2”. Opting for 4-Tones, I had to test targets to get the breakpoints dialed in but that took less than 10 minutes. I changed the REACTIVITY to “2.5” to see if this would help pick out good targets from the iron and after making a few more tweaks, saved two programs – one using 14.4 kHz and the other using 28.8 kHz. I worked one small section which I knew was infested with iron and marked 5 potential targets. I had the advantage of having another DEUS with V3.2 to check the targets before digging them – which is the only true way to see if the new features really make a difference in the field… comparing targets BEFORE recovering them.

An 1885 Indian Head Penny hidden amongst several nails including the one shown was recovered from a depth of 8 inches.

An 1885 Indian Head Penny hidden amongst several nails including the one shown was recovered from a depth of 8 inches.

The first one turned out to be an old ball of tinfoil at 7” which the HF coil / V4.0 combo hit with a solid target ID (although a low #) ; however, the V3.2 / LF coil struggled to get a consistent response. The next signal was so clear and consistent with the V4.0 / HF coil in both frequencies that I questioned how we could have missed it previously. Well, the V3.2 / LF coil would produce a response occasionally and even then, with audio and visual indication bouncing all over. Not a target I would have recovered unless time was not an issue. From a solid 8” I recovered a crusty coin and a large rusted spike. Cleaning revealed the coin was an 1885 Indian Head that had been holed years ago to wear as a necklace. The next two targets turned out to be foil and as I found with the first target, the response from the V4.0 / HF coil DEUS was much sharper and repeatable than the V3.2 / LF coil DEUS with similar settings (Reactivity was set at “2” on the V3.2 DEUS). The last one was iffy but clearly there was a high tone amongst the low iron tones on the V4.0 / HF coil unit. The V3.2 / LF coil unit as well as another high-end detector considered to be on-par with the DEUS did not see anything but iron in the area. There was iron and I pulled out three rusted nails yet the pinpointer kept saying there was more in the hole. The next item recovered was a rusted piece of pipe about 1” long and finally I found a brass 1800’s suspender clip in the edge of the hole at better than 8”! I was quite surprised at the target separation afforded by V4.0 and the detection depth provided by the HF coil in a non-prospecting application. As they say a picture says a 1,000 words and the two keepers shown here along with the trash that was in the same hole is a testament to how well the new V4.0 DEUS performs in the field and when coupled with the HF coil, offers flexibility that is unmatched.

Nails and a rusted piece of iron pipe had masked this suspender clip from the 1800’s despite searching the area countless times before with a number of high-end machines.

Nails and a rusted piece of iron pipe had masked this suspender clip from the 1800’s despite searching the area countless times before with a number of high-end machines.

In summary, I was pleasantly surprised at how the HF coil performed in a challenging environment. It does like low-conductive targets such as tin foil but beach hunters will love its sensitivity to small gold jewelry. Coin and relic hunters will find that having the option to switch between the LF and HF coils combined with V4.0 will allow finds to be made in areas that are un-huntable with other detectors due to the amount of ferrous trash present. The software (4.0) is available as a no-cost download from XP Metal Detectors and the HF coils, while not cheap, will help you find more in sites you and others have written off. Don’t forget, you can mount the HF coil on a spare shaft and in essence have two detectors for the price of the coil alone. XP continues to raise the bar with their flagship detector and they are not content… more features and functionality will be developed that all of us can benefit for in the field.

DEUS V4 Update Available!

XP is proud to announce the release of the new DEUS version 4 update, which is now available to download free from our web site. We welcome DEUS users to try this new version and discover the innovative features it has to offer.

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We would also like to announce the release of the new 22.5cm (9”) High Frequency coil which will be available to purchase from your dealer in a few days. The new XP MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer will be available during April.

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Please find below the latest information regarding the new version 4 High Frequency coil, and the XP MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer:

DEUS V4 Advertisement (click image to download)

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DEUS V4 User Manual (click image to download)

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DEUS V4 Summary Manual (click image to download)

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MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer User Advertisement (click image to download)

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XP MI-6 Waterproof Pinpointer User Manual (click image to download)

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XP Group Training Day and Fund Raiser

By Gary Blackwell

XP Distributor Nigel Ingram from Regton and myself were kindly invited to attend a club dig in Norfolk, England. Liam Nolan the dig organizer had heard about my XP Deus 1 to 1 training sessions and thought a club training day would be beneficial to the members.

Photo of those who attended the recent XP Group Training Day.

Photo of those who attended the recent XP Group Training Day.

I didn’t need much persuading, the chance of meeting new XP users and hearing their feedback is something I never turn down, plus the chance to make some money for my charity confirmed the deal.The day started with heavy wind and heavy rain forecast for later in the day, thankfully it held off until late afternoon, we had a great day and met some wonderful people who are a real credit to the hobby.

The XP Deus training event went very well, the very next day we started receiving positive feedback from those who attended. We look forward to more future training days. Thanks to Liam and the MDF forum members for making us feel very welcome – we raised £350.00 for Macmillan.

This article is just one example of Metal Detectorists acting responsibly and promoting this great hobby as a dedicated professionals for the world to see. XPLORER are proud to support these people as they are true ambassadors for XP and indeed Metal Detecting worldwide.

Reading UK DEUS User Dan Stevenson finds Roman Silver Coins!

Congratulations to Dan Stevenson from Reading UK who found a nice hoard of Silver Roman Denarius, using his XP Deus.

He said in an interview ” The signal was not perfect but I just had a good feeling about it” I dug down around 10” and recovered some pieces of lead, then checked the hole and heard another signal.

Roman Silver Coins found by XP DEUS User Dan Stevenson of Reading UK.

Roman Silver Coins found by XP DEUS User Dan Stevenson of Reading UK.

As he pulled another scoop of earth out he could see the Silver coins in the spoil. The signal may have been suspicious because the nails were present in the hole and the coins were orientated in different directions, Dan also noticed signs of burning around the area.

So there are 2 valuable lessons, always re check your hole after digging and investigate suspect signals if they sound deep. The dig near Wells in Somerset UK, was organised by Sean and Nick who own the Southern Detectorist club (picture shown with Dan).

Once the find was discovered the Local FLO’s and Archaeologists were invited to attend, they allowed Dan to excavate his find under their supervision. Dan was also allowed to take his finds home, they will be recorded within 14 days with his local FLO.

The Southern Detectorist team dealt with this fantastic find in a very professional manner, they acted strictly according to the UK treasure act rules and it was a text book hoard recovery, all captured on film. These guys are a real credit to the hobby. Well done to everyone involved and thanks for inviting XP along to share the day.

DEUS: Product information and News

We are proud to announce some new accessories and software for XP DEUS which will be available on the market in a few months. They will be demonstrated at the XP European Rally in the UK which takes place on 17-18th of September, and also at the Exhibition for Metal Detection which will take place in Paris on the 8-9th of October 2016.

  • New! PINPOINTER XP MI-6
  • New! Optional 22.5cm (9inch) search coil operating at high frequencies
  • New! Optional ELLIPTICAL search coil operating at high frequencies
  • New! V4.0 software FREE to download
  • New! Software application Go Detect

 

The MI-6 PINPOINTER

The new XP Pinpointer known as the MI-6 features: Rechargeable battery , Submersible up to 20 feet, Connection via radio link to the DEUS and more!.

The new XP Pinpointer known as the MI-6 features: Rechargeable battery, Submersible up to 20 feet, Connection via radio link to the DEUS and more!.

The new XP Pinpointer known as the MI-6, will have the following innovative features:

– Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery

– Submersible up to 20 feet

– Connection via radio link to the DEUS with the following advantages (patents pending):

  • The audio signal from the pin pointer is transmitted directly to the DEUS remote control and headphones.
  • Anti -Interference system between the MI-6 and the DEUS: The Deus switches to Standby mode when MI-6 is activated and comes back to ON when the MI-6 is switched off.
  • The Deus display will automatically switch to the MI-6 display when the MI-6 is switched on.
  • The MI-6 has a very long battery life – Up to 90 hours.
  • Research mode is accessed from the DEUS V4 menu it recovers a lost MI-6.
  • If you lose your MI-6, you can locate it even if it is switched off….even after several weeks the alarm will sound.

The Deus menu will have a full range of MI-6 adjustments giving the operator full control such as :

  • · 50 levels of Sensitivity
  • · Sound mode : Pitch or Bleep
  • · Audio Tone Adjustments.
  • · Pinpointing – target zoom graph
  • · Research Mode to locate a lost MI-6
  • · On screen Battery Level indication
The Deus 4.0 menu will have a full range of MI-6 adjustments giving the operator full control!

The DEUS 4.0 menu will have a full range of MI-6 adjustments giving the operator full control!

New optional search coils: 22.5 high frequency & Elliptical HF

 Adding to the current coil range, these 2 new optional coils are specialized for hunting small targets in mineralized ground.

Adding to the current coil range, these 2 new optional coils are specialized for hunting small targets in mineralized ground.
  • These 2 new optional coils are specialized for hunting small targets in mineralized ground, they will expand the DEUS search coil range.
  • They will operate on 3 higher frequencies 15 KHZ, 30 KHZ or 55 KHZ far more efficient when searching for gold.
  • All coils will be supplied with a lithium battery with a higher capacity. The new battery is integrated into the lower stem tube and offer a longer battery life, which is especially useful when searching remote area’s with no available charging facilities.

 

SOFTWARE V.4.0

These latest additions can be found in the V 4.0 software:

  • Compatibility with MI-6 Pinpointer.
  • Compatibility with the 2 new optional high frequency search coils (15, 30 or 55 kHz).
  • Improved mineralization rejection.
  • Reactivity level 3 is more efficient.
  • A more versatile Reactivity level of 2.5.
  • Advanced Reactivity levels for program N°10 GOLDFIELD.
  • Improved identification on large iron targets.
  • Better ground tracking, now independent to the current Reactivity level.
  • Tones can be adjusted to reach 1000 Hz.
  • Target ID Normalization feature is now incorporated into the headphones.
  • Go Detect app for smartphones is now compatible with the DEUS, featuring a tracking display, user target information and their GPS coordinates.

As you know the DEUS uses highly advanced technology, which in turn offers high levels of performance. These new accessories and software updates will once again take the DEUS to a new level.

The DEUS technology is very different to many other products available on today’s market. However due to the technical aspects involved, time is needed to research and develop our products in order to maintain our very high standards.

A test phase will take place in October and November 2016, and then, we will be able to announce a launch date.

We would like to say thank you for your patience and for supporting XP!

FAQ:

Q: Should I wait for the new version 4.0 to be released before I buy a DEUS? I have been told there are changes to the electronic components. Will my current DEUS – coil-remote control-headphones be compatible with this next version or do I need to change them?

A : No the product hardware will be the same, the new V4.0 update is software only and will be downloadable for free, it will work with all previous DEUS! The original coils, headphones and remote control will work with the new version 4.0 update, although some new menu features will not be accessible unless the new accessories are connected.

Q: Will I have to move my DEUS to V4.0?

A: It is your choice, you can stay in version 2.0 or 3.2 if you want, but the Version 4.0 will be necessary to connect and run the new HF optional coil and Pinpointer.

Q : Can I use the XP MI-6 Pinpointer even if don’t own a DEUS?

A: Yes of course, the MI-6 can work alone like a traditional Pinpointer thanks to its speaker, vibrator, LED, 6 programs, 3 sensitivity levels, 2 audio modes.

Q: How do I make the Pinpointer communicate wirelessly with the DEUS ?

A: This is a simple process – Choose program number 7 on the Pinpointer, the speaker will then be disabled and the sound will be send automatically to the DEUS Remote or headphones. Also the pin pointer has a dedicated menu which appears instantaneously on the DEUS remote display when it is in operation.

The operator can make a full range of adjustments to the pin pointers sound and operation from the DEUS remote.

Q: Are there any other XP accessories to be released soon?

A: Nothing else is planned at the moment.

The optional Hoard Hunter 2 box system for the DEUS is currently delayed.

Archaeological Team and Detectorists Find Historic Roman Site in Hertfordshire, England

Keen Deus users Phil Kirk and Harvey Cross were out detecting one day in January 2013 when Harvey found a handle to a Roman jug and a top of a pot.

Phil Kirk with his XP DEUS metal detector in England.

Phil Kirk with his XP DEUS metal detector in England.

They searched the same area over several outings but nothing else was found except for a few poor quality Roman coins. Then one day in October 2014 Phil decided to go out detecting for a couple of hours while his wife was out shopping, he decided to go back to the original finds spot and try his luck again. He suddenly got a signal reading 97 on the Deus meter, he thought this could be iron, but the numbers were not bouncing the constant  97 made him curious so he dug… He went about 10” down to see the top of a round vessel, at first he thought it was a part of a tractor or farm machinery.

Finds uncovered in Hertfordshire, England recovery.

Finds uncovered in Hertfordshire, England recovery.

Recoveries included metal artifacts, remains of Roman shoes, coins, glass mosaic dishes, hexagonal bottles, a Patera thought to be used for pouring wine or blood.

Recoveries included metal artifacts, remains of Roman shoes, coins, glass mosaic dishes, hexagonal bottles, a Patera thought to be used for pouring wine or blood.

Holding some of the exciting discoveries in hand.

Holding some of the exciting discoveries in hand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He then noticed there was more to it and could see the body of a vessel. Phil called his friend Harvey to ask for advice as he works for the local museum…The advice given was “be careful”.

Reviewing some of the exciting finds from the site.

Reviewing some of the exciting finds from the site.

The vessel was unearthed along with some other artifacts, the hole was carefully  filled in and the local archaeologists were informed. As a responsible detectorist Phil wanted to get professional help as he knew any further disturbance could possibly ruin the stratification of the site.

On the second dig with the archaeological team some fantastic finds were unearthed including metal artifacts, remains of Roman shoes, coins, glass mosaic dishes, hexagonal bottles, a Patera thought to be used for pouring wine or blood.

The glass mosaic dishes are a true work of art and believed to have been imported from Egypt.

Some of the craftsmanship used on the metal work was unbelievable, you can see a Roman soldier working, it looks very much like a world war 1 soldier.

The finds all appeared to be located in a large flint cairn very similar to the one in the left picture which confirmed this site was very high status indeed. On the right you can see some of the flints that had been removed. The site was dated to around 200 AD. All the artifacts are now with the museum and awaiting restoration and further tests.

Amazing Finds In Croatia With DEUS Detectors

Croatia-Celtic-silver-Flugelfibel-broochLast April, Adam Staples, his partner Lisa and son Thomas, all XP Deus users, were part of a group of 29 detectorists invited to attend the first Croatian Detecting Rally, organized by the archaeologist from the municipal Museum of Vinkovci and Steve Gaunt. In 316 AD the armies of Constantine I and Licinius fought the Battle of Cibalae on the outskirts of Vinkovci.

The aim of this visit was to try and locate the battle site’s exact location by metal detecting, and also, to identify new archaeological sites as we searched.

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At this occasion the Ministry of Culture had granted them a special license. The search area was vast, covering thousands of acres of farmland and steeped in history going back over 6000 years.

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Every day, archaeologists from the museum (Hrvoje Vulić, Boris Kratofil and Robi Balaš) provided them with large-scale maps and instructions on where to search. All finds were to be placed in bags and marked with both location and finder.

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During the six days of detecting they recovered hundreds of interesting coins and artefacts from the Iron age, Roman and medieval periods… bronze and silver coins, brooches and even a tiny (10mm x 4mm) piece of worked gold. 

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 The most exciting day was day 5. They spent the morning recovering a scattered hoard of medieval hammered silver coins and then, after a couple of hours digging these coins, they headed off in search of a new adventure.

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In a small, waterlogged area of a field we made some amazing discoveries. The finds included a rare Celtic silver brooch and a perfect Bronze age socketed axe head.

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They also found some beautifully preserved Roman coins.

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Bronze Age AxeheadDay 3 artefacts, 100 BC – 800 ADIron spearhead with Vinkovci Museum in the background. These finds were probably ritual offerings at a sacred shrine and the site is now likely to be protected by law.

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All the items recovered were handed over to Vinkovci Museum, who is planning a special exhibition of the group’s finds later this year. They all had a great time working with the archaeologists and the rally was such a success that more are planned for the future.

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Note : The Battle of Cibalae was fought on October 8, 314 (or perhaps as late as 316, the chronology is uncertain),[3] between the two Roman emperors Constantine I and Licinius. The opposing armies met on the plain between the rivers Save and Drave near the town of Cibalae (now Vinkovci, Croatia) The site of the battle was approximately 350 kilometers within the territory of Licinius. Constantine won a resounding victory, despite being outnumbered.).