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« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2013, 11:13:22 AM »

If I ever get around to giving a talk to Cardiff Archs (they have asked me if I will present a lecture to them), then I think that slide (with permission) would be an excellent visual aid.

It never ceases to amaze me exactly how deep non-detecting people think is the size and depth of hole that is dug in searching for things, although I've been detecting (properly) for a short enough time that I can remember what I thought Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2013, 11:27:43 AM »

I know exactly what you mean Alan. I am often asked "how deep can you go". I sometimes jokingly say 6ft. Recently I told a works colleague 10ft. It is amazing that sometimes (as with the 10ft remark) they actually believe me. I shall have to stop doing it because I am going to neglect to tell someone I am joking and I will get the blame when they buy a detector and go around digging those size holes! Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #17 on: April 21, 2013, 09:19:31 PM »

A great explanation geoff very easy to understand nice one.
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« Reply #18 on: April 22, 2013, 03:03:20 AM »

An interesting and topical post Geoff.

I have been helping an archaeological group on an off now for a number of years and it always amazes me how when I arrive on their digs and see how tall their spoil heaps are and that they appear to think our detectors will penetrate 3 - four feet !

Luckily I always carry a rake in which to level them out !  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: April 22, 2013, 07:33:17 AM »

Well explained hard to see any great improvement in depth untill we have ground penetrating radar instead of coils. Than we would spend all our time digging deep holes. Would we find much more!
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« Reply #20 on: April 22, 2013, 07:40:21 AM »

sounds like you need to run a large magnet over your fields first val
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« Reply #21 on: April 22, 2013, 04:15:13 PM »

Well explained hard to see any great improvement in depth untill we have ground penetrating radar instead of coils. Than we would spend all our time digging deep holes. Would we find much more!

Isn't that on your list of things to build after the magnatometer? Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: April 22, 2013, 04:58:53 PM »

Well explained hard to see any great improvement in depth untill we have ground penetrating radar instead of coils. Than we would spend all our time digging deep holes. Would we find much more!

We would find amounts you can only dream about! I detected a 10 acre site on and off for 12 months with my oldest finds being Georgian grots. This land was earmarked for residential development and after 8-10 inches of topsoil had been removed, in the following 12 months I recovered 76 hammered coins.
OK that site was a one off as it was in the centre of a village but it shows what is down there and out of reach.
But of course we would then have the moral dilemma of possibly damaging untouched archaeology, so it's probably better that we have the limitations we do.
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« Reply #23 on: April 23, 2013, 08:09:11 AM »

I agree with you on the limited depth being a good thing, however every body wishes for more depth and many see good money to be made by providing it. I would prefer time and effort spent on a better ground balance and much better discrimination would follow. Deep holes and my back don't go together.

probono  mag is almost ready just waiting for SOMEBODY ! to get the last few parts then may look at gpr would have the full Time Team kit and not limited to 3 days just have to sort out a day rate? 
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« Reply #24 on: April 23, 2013, 01:41:43 PM »

Always so good to read your input to the forum. Thank you Geoff.
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« Reply #25 on: April 23, 2013, 05:28:11 PM »

At my age I find digging deeper holes very exhausting, sad is'nt it.
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« Reply #26 on: August 02, 2013, 10:43:56 AM »

A great read Geoff, Really informative and easy to understand for simple folk like me Smiley

I have to agree with some of the comments regarding how deep none detector users think a metal detector will go. You can almost see their dissapointment when you have to say "no it wont find coins at a depth of at least 3 feet Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2013, 06:11:37 PM »

Fab post chef ! Well explained so even a numbsty like me can see the logic  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: December 30, 2013, 09:26:31 PM »

Great post Geoff
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« Reply #29 on: December 30, 2013, 09:45:01 PM »

We would find amounts you can only dream about! I detected a 10 acre site on and off for 12 months with my oldest finds being Georgian grots. This land was earmarked for residential development and after 8-10 inches of topsoil had been removed, in the following 12 months I recovered 76 hammered coins.
OK that site was a one off as it was in the centre of a village but it shows what is down there and out of reach.

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It is a good post liner Wink I also like the bit I quoted  Wink
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