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Metal detecting expert to lead Hansons' Historica Department

Posted on 12/02/2019 in Press Coverage

A man with decades of metal detecting experience and expertise has been appointed head of Hansons Auctioneers’ Historica Department.

Mark Becher is now keen to source metal detecting finds for Hansons’ Historica Auction on May 2, with entries invited until April 12.

He said: “I’ve had a keen interest in archaeology and metal detecting for more than 25 years. As a result, I’ve built up an extensive knowledge of metal detecting finds.


Mark Becher, left, with Paul Wood who found the seal ring.

“This knowledge has been gained through many hours of identifying, photographing and recording finds in the field and by working closely with some of the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Finds Liaison Officers.”

For the last 10 years, Mark has run The Metal Detectives Group from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. He also organises detectival events. Joining Hansons will allow him to support metal detectorists wishing to assess and sell finds.

He said: “During a Metal Detectives Group dig I organised in Oxfordshire, Paul Wood, from Dorset, found a seal ring which went on to sell for £10,000 at Hansons.

“The ring, which dated back to between the late 1500s and early 1700s, was named ‘Artefact of the Year’ by the group which has more than 1,000 members.”

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