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A Few Finds [Mar. 29th, 2017|06:27 pm]
Tony Grist


A selection of the more interesting articles found by the metal detectorists

top left: a buckle, probably part of a harness
bottom left: a coin of George III
centre: the handle of a pewter spoon, probably Victorian
top right: two large musket balls.
bottom right: a Victorian penny dated 1865

So what we're seeing here is a spread of articles likely to turn up on land that has been used for subsistence farming for a couple of hundred years.  Nothing high status, nothing older that the 18th century (well I suppose the musket balls could be older but probably aren't.) Other items include a George V sixpence- which was legal tender until quite recently and could have been dropped by my mother or father, a lot of shrapnel from the Battle of Britain, several lumps of old iron from farm equipment or buildings and a mystery item which looks like part of a locket (but probably isn't) that one of the detectorists has taken away to research.

The detectorists only had time to work over part of the property and will be coming back next week...
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2017-03-29 06:52 pm (UTC)
A selection of the more interesting articles found by the metal detectorists

They make a very aesthetic grouping!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-29 08:10 pm (UTC)
They're pleasing objects.

I'm looking forward to the guys coming back and finding some more.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-03-30 07:33 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! What a mix. It's wonderful how much history there is lying in just a field...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-30 09:53 am (UTC)
And this is just a selection of metal objects. An archaeologist with a trowel would be finding glass, pottery, bone...
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2017-03-30 09:33 am (UTC)
This is very cool.

I'm also very fond of the fragments of blue-and-white picked up along field margins...
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-30 09:55 am (UTC)
Last century's rubbish = this century's buried treasure.
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