Taynton Metal Detecting Club
was founded on February 2nd 2006.
The founders David Hutton and
Donald Sherratt have been detecting in Gloucestershire for over ten years.
As other enthusiasts took up the hobby they formed a small group so that finds
could be properly identified and recorded. Kurt Adams the Finds Liaison Officer
for Gloucestershire and Avon attended these casual meetings and recorded the
The decision to form an official
club is to create comradeship, cooperation and responsible metal detecting
between detector users.
To enable finds to be identified
and recorded through the Portable Antiquities Scheme and The Sites and Monuments
To be affiliated as a club to
the National Council for Metal Detecting.
Meetings will be held every two
months at the Taynton Parish Room.
Awards will be given at these
meetings and annually for Best Finds.
It is the intention to have monthly
detecting outings open to all the members.
started Metal Detecting in 1993 using a Fisher CZ6 detector and is still using
the same one to this day. He has uncovered hundreds of interesting finds including
a rare Anglo Saxon Thrymsa. It is the only one ever found in this part of
Britain and is now on permanent display in Gloucester City Museum. He also
discovered a previously unknown Roman site in his home town of Newent, Gloucestershire.
took up the hobby in 1995 after retiring from a lifetime of farming.
He uses a Whites Spectrum XLT detector and has also made numerous finds including
the discovery of a scattered hoard of 160 early 4th century Roman coins.
These were found on a previously unknown Roman iron smelting site and were
reported under the Treasure Act and eventually were returned to the finder.
One of his latest interesting find is a silver penny of Alfred the Great.
About our Finds
Our finds are
mostly from the area within ten miles of Gloucester. Our overriding
interest is discovering, recording and publicising our local history.
a good rapport with our local museum and are members of several history and
archaeological societies. We regularly submit our finds to Kurt Adams our
local Finds Liaison Officer and they are also recorded with the Gloucestershire
County Council Sites and Monuments Record Office (SMR). We fully support and
abide with the Treasure Act of 1996.
on arable fields we also search 'eyes only' for flint and pottery
etc. We have
found numerous Mesolithic and Neolithic flints and also three possible stone
age camp sites. Flint is not naturally occurring in this part of Britain therefore
we know that any we find has been carried here by prehistoric man.
On request we give talks and
displays to local organisations for the benefit of charity.
From Easter until 30th September each
year many of our finds are on display in the Heritage Centre in Newent, Glos.
It is open daily (except Monday & Thursday) from 2pm to 4.30pm
free of charge.
For clarity many of
the artefacts shown on the website are larger than actual size. Please let
us know if you disagree with any of our identifications or can fill in the
gaps where we have put question marks. The name in italics below the artefact
description refers to the village or general location of the find. To contact
us just click on
or send us an e-mail.