A Once-in-a-Lifetime Detecting Site

By Purgatori

At the time of writing this I’d only been detecting for eight months but in that time I’d met some fantastic people including Bigpud, who I met through a metal detecting forum. I found out he lived close by and we teamed up to go hunting whenever we got the chance.

I’ve got a Garrett AT Pro International and Bigpud has a Minelab X-Terra 705 and they’re both great machines.

I was doing some research one night on a spot I thought had some potential and discovered it had been a sports ground in the early 1900s. I called Bigpud the next day to see if he was keen for a look and naturally he was.

We got there early in the morning and decided to detect the perimeter of the field as that’s where crowds would have gathered to watch whatever games were being played. We managed to find a few pennies but unfortunately there was also a lot of junk (though that’s often a good sign because it means there’s a real chance you’re the first to detect the area).

I kept to the edges while Bigpud decided to try closer to the centre and a short time later he called out that he’d found a ‘Rising Sun’ badge and was over the moon. After that, it was army relics aplenty. The area had indeed been a sports ground but it had also doubled as a staging area for the AIF.

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