What Did Adam Dowdall Find in My Carleton Place Yard?

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Pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard, an Anglo-Saxon treasure trove discovered by metal detector in 2009. (Photo: David Rowan/Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery)

You may think the lone treasure seeker scanning the sand with a metal detector at the beach seems a bit dorky — no offense to “detectorists,” of course — but that only makes this revenge of the nerds all the sweeter.

With recent news that a retired businessman unearthed the mother lode of Viking gold and silver artifacts dating back more than 1,000 years in Scotland, the fine art of metal detecting just got a whole lot sexier. Derek McLennan’s find, hailed as the country’s most significant, is comprised of 100 items including a 9th-century solid silver cross, a silver pot, gold objects, a rare silver cup engraved with animals that dates from the Holy Roman Empire, and a gold bird pin. The value of the find is expected to be in the six-figure range; and it’s not McLennan’s first big find. Last year, he found about 300 medieval coins in the same area.

You just never know what these modern-day prospectors might discover. With that in mind, we rounded up some of the more significant finds that have us thinking that maybe it’s time to get a metal detector after all — name-calling be damned.

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October 2015

Adam Dowdall, founder of Adam Dowdall’s  Metal Detecting Group in the Carleton Place area came to see what he could find in my yard last week. I warned him that most of the people that lived in this home did not have that much money and were simple people. In fact one family even had to burn their furniture in the fireplace to stay warm one winter a zillion years ago. During the year long renovation after the 1995 fire, the only thing found in the walls was a playing card and a small note from a child to his mother. So, I had no idea what he would find.

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After a few hours Adam found the following things: a King Edward 10 cent piece from 1906, a WW2 Canada button, an old amulet I had in the 80s that I bought from the back of a magazine, and a ‘play” gumball machine type ring that probably fell from where the trampoline once was. No amulets or Viking gold in my yard, but thanks Adam– it was a lot of fun!

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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