Feb 11

Roman Coins In Lyme Regis, An Amateur’s Rare Find

Dr. Colin Dawes displaying his finds.

Three years ago, Dr. Colin Dawes, a paleontologist, well-known fossil hunter, author, and a bit of a celebrity in his local Lyme Regis, added metal detectorist to his long line of credits.

His metal detecting adventures has recently brought him further attention. After joining a local metal detecting club in East Devon, he has had quite the successful run. Armed with his metal detector, he unearthed seven bronze Roman coins in Uplyme, a village located on the Devon-Dorset border, adjacent to Lyme Regis.

The location of the site has not been disclosed but many theorize that the coins may be from the remains of another Roman Villa similar to the one found in the village of Uplyme in the 1800s. Check out the rest this piece on his discovey from Bridpoint News.

The combination of his various pursuits and the good fortune that is his home has, in some way, tipped the scales in his favor—Lyme Regis is nicknamed “The Pearl of Dorset” and noted for the plentiful fossils found in its cliffs and beaches; it is also known as the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dr. Dawes’ metal detecting has organically developed into a particular niche. It seems that he is, again, drawing from his personal knowledge and experience and mixing it with his metal detecting. Perhaps due to his familiarity with the area and its distinct terrain, he has been putting his metal detector to use in The Undercliff—several areas of landslip on the southern English coast (including Lyme Regis). He has become somewhat of an expert in the subject that he has been asked to deliver a talk about it in the local museum.

We’re sharing this story to illustrate how anyone can have their own treasure hunting success story. As we’re mentioned, in the case of Dr. Dawes, he is lucky to reside in a locale whose background is so rich that it’s actually pre-historic.

But, if we really think about it, all he needed was a metal detector and a group of people who shared the same interest, and he was set.

If not for anything else, his story gives the rest of us something to shoot for.

Oct 09

Treasure Hunting after a huge rainstorm

gold statue of woman praying found after rainstorm in ghostownThe ancient principles of treasure hunting in the modern art of metal detecting is more than just an expression of a hobby for me.  It was 5am on this morning of October 8th, 2009 in the great independent republic of Horry County right here in Myrtle Beach, SC. I was following my Treasure Hunter GPS to the direct location of an old ghost town on the outer boundaries of Myrtle Beach, in a little town called Conway. There was nothing around, nobody, but according to my device this was the coordinates of an old trading post bustling with activity in the early 1800’s. It was a beautiful meadow inside about a square mile of clearing. First thing I did was to meditate and send my prayers out to the god of treasure asking him to grant favor on me for this beautiful day. There had been torrential rains for 2-days that had loosened up the ground and hopefully helped to bring some treasures closer to the surface. I then explored the hunting site a little, and could see evidence of a few root cellars, and the remnants of a few wooden structures. I quickly unsheathed my trusty Treasure Hunter 3050 all purpose detector…. within 5-minutes I quickly discovered some evidence confirming the historical fact of a settlement in this spot. I unearthed an old and very interesting blacksmith hammer. Encouraged by this I resumed my hunting with vigor and excitement. I hunted in the same vicinity for about 1-hour with no luck aside from a few Indian head pennies and interesting buttons…. I decided to check out the apparent hot spots and headed toward the cellar remains. In another  hour of grueling hunting, I had nothing to show for my efforts aside from some old railroad iron nails, screens, broken axle heads, roof fragments, and a few coins. I decided to make my way to the treeline, I was walking quickly and making large sweeps with my searchcoil, making each swing as wide as I could keeping the searchcoil face almost parrallel to the ground and trying not to overlap swings. I call this method high efficiency detecting….  This works well with the Treasure Hunter 3050 because the coils motion causes deeper detection because it was in the all motion mode.  About 20-yards from the treeline my detector yelped out a high pitch signal and the Digital ID told me I had found something gold. With this strong of a signal, I thought for sure it was a circuitry error and that I must have just found a large rusty iron bucket or something. Iron and gold have a very similar magnetic resonance and many detectors can not distinguish the two metals. Luckily my Treasure Hunter 3050 has dual frequency technology and with the higher frequency can detect even small gold nuggets accurately. I quickly began to investigate my find…. I brushed the leaves and grass off the spot, and began to dig a little. Under about 1″ of dirt, I caught a glimpse of a greenish and bronze object there in my target area, but could not make out what it could possibly be. I dug my shovel into the dirt carefully all around the rather large object and pried it out meticulously. To my great wonder and delight I beheld a small (about 6″high) and beautiful gold statue of what appears to be an Indian or Buddha woman praying. I have tested this with my gold detection kit and confirmed this is an 18 Karat gold statue. Although this is a very strange find for a ghost town, favor was granted for me today indeed!!!

Thanks for sharing in my treasure find today,


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