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The E-Sylum:  Volume 8, Number 18, May 1, 2005, Article 30

BILL WYMAN: COINS BETTER THAN STONES

Jeff Starck writes: "On Bill Wyman, here's a story from Feb. 3
about his metal detecting. I saw it then, but didn't think to share
it with E-Sylum readers."

"Wyman, 65, who for 40 years was part of one of the worldís
biggest musical phenomena, is the co-author of a new book
that expresses his love of digging up the past. Wyman explained:
"Metal detecting is more interesting than a new Stones record."

He co-wrote the book, a gazetteer of treasure troves found in
the British Isles, with his friend Richard Havers, of Duns,
Berwickshire. They have previously collaborated on music
books.

Their latest work, Bill Wymanís Treasure Island, is
published next month and is the culmination of an ambition
dating back a decade.

Wyman realises his hobby is sometimes perceived as "nerdy"
but his contribution could add considerable street cred to the
pursuit. He said: "I love it. It revitalised my childhood interest
in history and I find great stuff.

"Iíve found 200 old coins, Roman brooches and an axe from
1700BC. Iíve discovered Roman sites, all manner of 15th-
century artefacts, all of which are verified by the British
Museum."

"Havers, 53, added: "Billís passion, apart from the Rolling
Stones, is metal detecting. He always said we should write a
book and so we did. We werenít aiming to produce a scholarly
work but it can be a source of reference."

"He added: "Billís passion may raise a few eyebrows. It isnít
really throwing televisions out of hotel windows, is it?"

Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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