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.).

Visiting the Jersey Hoard Through the Eyes of a Metal Detectorist!

The Jersey hoard bought to you by XP Metal Detectors

The Jersey hoard is now at the La Hougue Bie museum where it is being dis assembled and recorded. It’s name is Le Catillon II as Catillon 1 was discovered in 1957… On the same field! I have heard people talk about the museum, however had no idea of its attention to detail until I visited in person, naturally the Jersey hoard is the center of attention but it is surrounded by magnificent finds dating back to neolithic times.

As a metal detectorist I felt proud to be a member of the detecting fraternity, because most of the finds on display were all down to us guys….Well Reg and his club, if it wasn’t for their dedication and the willingness to work with the Jersey Heritage massive parts of history would be lost forever.

And laid out in front of me for the world to see was solid proof that us guys really do a great job and are not “Treasure Hunters” like the media would like to call us, but another branch of Archaeologists who choose to use metal detectors to save history.

La Hougue Bie

La Hougue Bie is a historic site, combined with a with a museum, it’s located in the parish of Grouville.

Hougue is a Norman word meaning mound, and comes from the Old Norse word haugr. The word Bie has an uncertain origin.

Hougue is a Norman word meaning mound, and comes from the Old Norse word haugr. The word Bie has an uncertain origin.

Underneath the earth mound is an 18.6 metre long passage to what’s though is a burial chamber which was in use around 3500 BC. During recent years Archaeologists have removed the soil from one face of the mound to see if the construction is all earth, they were amazed when they uncovered a perfect stone structure beneath the earth, with clear details of skilled stone masonry.

On the top the mound are two medieval chapels, one 12th Century and the other from the 16th Century, the public can still visit the chapels and the chamber.

On the top the mound are two medieval chapels, one 12th Century and the other from the 16th Century, the public can still visit the chapels and the chamber.

During World War II it was used as a key lookout point, and an underground command bunker was built in the mound and adjacent to the chamber. On a day with good light you can still see the medieval paintings on the ceiling.

Weddings are still held in the chapel. The museum hosts a vast array of finds dating back to the stone age. Several coin and artefact hoards are on display in a well-lit environment. The Jersey Hoard Le Catillon II is on full display behind a screen. Visitors can clearly see the hoard being dis assembled and the staff including Reg and Richard are more than happy to stop work and answer any questions.

Some hoard on display date back to the stone age.

Some hoard on display date back to the stone age.

There are several other hoards on display at the museum.

There are several other hoards on display at the museum.

The Jersey hoard so far June 2016

The museum purchased a laser scanner with metrology arm and can measure within 50 microns, that’s a 20th of a millimeter. The coin cleaning process consists of a mild acid soak and then gentle picking with a thorn as this will not damage the coins surface.

On a good day they can clean and record 200 coins.

On a good day they can clean and record 200 coins.

Reg and Richard have undertaken extensive training and now work at the museum cleaning and recording, they are now experts on Jersey coins and indeed historic Jersey. Here is a before and after.

So far the total amount of coins cleaned and recorded has reached 45000, mostly Silver but some Gold.

So far the total amount of coins cleaned and recorded has reached 45000, mostly Silver but some Gold.

In March 2015 coin number 12001 was recorded, making Catillon II the biggest Iron age coin hoard in western Europe beating the Marquanderie hoard which was also found in Jersey 1935 consisting of 12000 coins.

Items cleaned and recorded so far:

So far the total amount of coins cleaned and recorded has reached 45000, mostly Silver but some Gold.

Gold and precious pieces from the Jersey Hoard have been documented and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Gold and precious pieces from the Jersey Hoard have been documented and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

  • Complete Gold Torcs 5
  • Pieces of Gold Torc 4
  • Gold Bracelets 3
  • Gold Rings 2
  • Gold sheet 2
  • Copper loops 2
  • Stones 1
  • Ingots 7
  • Silver wire 1
  • Decorative Gold pieces 3
  • Glass bead 1
  • Misc objects 6

During my visit a bronze age spear head had started to appear amongst the coins.

Coin types

Some Jersey coins were the XN series Silver based stators which were originally linked to the Abrincatui tribe from the Avranches region in Normandy, they are rare coins, many locals know them as “The Moon Stater” The hoard consisted of mainly coriosolitae staters and are common to Jersey.

The hoard consisted of mainly coriosolitae staters and are common to Jersey.

The hoard consisted of mainly coriosolitae staters and are common to Jersey.

Preservation

The hoard lives under a water vapor screen to mimic real underground conditions and preserve the coins and artifacts until they are ready to be removed.

The uncleaned items from the Jersey hoard live under a water vapor screen awaiting preservation.

The uncleaned items from the Jersey hoard live under a water vapor screen awaiting preservation.

The Replica

Neil Mahrer head conservator for the museum made a fantastic replica of Catillon II, all the coins are hand painted and look exactly like the real thing. It can be seen in the museum proudly on display in front of the real hoard.

Neil Mahrer, head conservator for the museum, made a fantastic replica of Catillon II for display.

Neil Mahrer, head conservator for the museum, made a fantastic replica of Catillon II for display.

View of the Jersey hoard replica on display.

View of the Jersey hoard replica on display.

 

Fact

Avranches is now twinned with St. Helier in Jersey. There is now a book available called Le Catillon II.

Signed copy of Catillon II by Reg Mead and Richard Miles.

Signed copy of Catillon II by Reg Mead and Richard Miles.

I have a signed copy of Catillon II by Reg Mead and Richard Miles, it’s free…All you need to do is register here at the The XP world-wide Forum and post yes please or a comment about this article under the Catillon II competition section.

Visiting La Hougue Bie
A visit to the La Hougue Bie in Jersey is a must for every detectorist the finds on display are truly amazing viewing the hoard in it’s natural form is a once in a lifetime opportunity, once it has been dis assembled and recorded it is possible we will never see it like this again.

*Important Note:
Please DO NOT take your detectors to the island unless you have special permission, customs and detecting laws are very strict.

We recommend staying at the Grand Jersey hotel.

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Deus Hot Program Locates Nick Reynolds a Gold Hammered Coin

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This beautiful gold hammered was located with the XP DEUS metal detector.

44 years old Nick Reynolds was at a metal detective’s organised dig when he got a perfect signal, he dug down into the soft ploughed soil to see a Gold coin looking back at him.

The coin was instantly recorded with the on-site FLO (Finds Liaison Officer) and identified as an Edward III Half Noble.

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A proud Nick Reynolds with his DEUS metal detector holding this exciting find.

When I interviewed Nick just after he found the coin he told me how he started detecting in 1994, but after a shoulder operation he needed a lighter machine so he chose an XP Gold Maxx Power and some years later he upgraded to the Deus.

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A nice close up of the Gold Hammered coin found by DEUS detectorist Nick Reynolds on his dig.

 

Nick went on to say, since using the Deus with the 9” coil his finds rate is constantly very high…. especially using the “HOT” program.

Some of his best finds have come from investigating suspicious signals.