Never was the saying “one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure” more apparent than in the hobby of metal detecting, especially when considering cases such as that of Green horn detectorist Dianne Tanner. Dianne aged 32 from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire has only recently joined the hobby having only been on five detecting trips so far but despite her lack of experience and knowledge, is said to have become overzealous in her quest to associate the horse shoe with a major historical event and has even gone so far as to boast about the find all over social media.
To Dianne’s dismay she has been met with fierce resistance and mockery surrounding the importance of the horse shoe but despite suggestions made by other detectorists, she proceeded to contact her FLO and the local press with claims of a potentially important Horse shoe which ‘might bear some regional or perhaps even global significance’ We sent DD’s hot-shot Scottish reporter Paul McCoil to Gloucestershire to speak with Mrs.Tanner
PM: Hi Dianne, so obviously you’re thrilled to bits with finding your first horse shoe, would you care to elaborate on what you deem so important about this item?
DT: Well Paul as we all know Cheltenham is a very historically rich area and many an important horse has galloped through here over the years from ancient times to present day. William the conqueror was known to hold several meetings in the area prior to the Norman conquest and according to a website blog I stumbled across Queen Boudicca of the Iceni tribe herself may even be buried in the area.
PM: Sounds a little speculative to me Dianne, was the website a reliable source? You can’t go believing any old tripe you read on the internet these days.
DT: Yes I read about it in one of those online metal detecting news sources, and quite frankly you’re starting to sound like that FLO, I don’t appreciate your tone one bit. As far as I’m concerned we have every reason to believe that this Horse shoe could have belonged to Boudicca’s horse, can you prove it didn’t? We just don’t know unless these things are looked into properly, my FLO barely even glanced at the horse shoe and just shrugged it off as ‘almost certainly 20th century’ I say it’s horse manure, my second cousin is an archaeologist and we are generally quite knowledgeable of such things in my family, and it definitely looks alot older to me.
PM: If you say so Dianne, how many hammered’s have you found so far?
DT: Well only one so far, but not too bad considering I’ve only been detecting for a few weeks, I think it could have possibly been a blacksmith’s hammer, I’ve been told it mainly consists of an iron composition and the wooden handle has since perished away.
At this point the usually unruffled reporter Paul McCoil stormed out of the interview and later defended his actions via email, the transcript of which is listed below:
Apologies for my outburst earlier but this stupid self-righteous middle-class bitch didn’t even know what a hammered coin is. Are we really that desperate that we need to run articles about folks that don’t know a jetton from a button? If you want to publish these kind of speculative bull-shit stories send someone else along, what about Justin Fields, or Phil Maholin? he gets paid double my salary and sits around on his arse doing nothing most of the time. Cheers, Paul McCoil.
The Daily Detectorist concludes that it’s perfectly normal to feel the excitement which the hobby brings to newcomers from finding that first horseshoe, button or worn Georgian coin, but we urge new detectorists to heed advice of all the experts at hand, particularly the endless amounts which can be found in metal detecting groups on Facebook.