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Buried Treasure [Sep. 25th, 2013|07:04 pm]
Tony Grist
My mother has two fields- several acres of Wealden hillside with a fence down the middle. In past years they've held sheep but there aren't any there at the moment. Just rabbits. I was thinking this afternoon how I'd like to go over them with a metal detector and find all the hoards of Roman coins and Viking hack silber that are bound to be buried there. There's a marshy area with a stream coming off it (in rainy weather) which has to have been a sacred spring in ancient times.Think of all the offerings that are buried there. Think too of all the medieval churchmen who must have ridden across our land carelessly dropping rings and bits of crozier...

Debenhams sells a metal detector for under £30- but it can't be any good, can it? The regular ones seem to start at about £500.
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[User Picture]From: arielstarshadow
2013-09-25 06:33 pm (UTC)
Boy, I wish I could get my hands on some - I would love to have them on my altars
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-25 08:39 pm (UTC)
Yes :)
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[User Picture]From: steepholm
2013-09-25 07:23 pm (UTC)
At that price I'd buy one and give it a go. If you start turning up valuable stuff, you can get yourself a more expensive detector on the proceeds. Better still, make yourself into a small business (Troves R Us?) and it will be tax deductible.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-25 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm tempted.

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From: artkouros
2013-09-25 08:08 pm (UTC)
You MUST do this. And don't skimp on the detector. You might look around, you might be able to rent a good one for a weekend. Or invite a local treasure hunting club to have a look.

I'd do the same thing, supposedly we have pirate's treasure around, but all the land is private, and not mine. And we have no metallic history otherwise.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-25 08:41 pm (UTC)
Pirate treasure. Wow!
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From: artkouros
2013-09-25 11:35 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Jean Lafitte used to haunt this area and supposedly buried six wagon loads of gold and silver.

When I was looking for this house I found one I liked in the little town next door. It was a bank repo and had a nice vacant field next to it. I ended up not taking it, and later learned that the reason the field was vacant was because they had found Indian remains there when they tried to build in it, and so left it undeveloped.

But - the idea if Viking booty or even the occasional dropped coin from 1000 years ago is way more exciting.

Edited at 2013-09-25 11:35 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-26 07:47 am (UTC)
Is there a law against building on ancient burial sites or is it just superstition?
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From: artkouros
2013-09-26 11:22 am (UTC)
A little of both I think.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-09-26 07:42 am (UTC)
Go for it, sounds really exciting! I want a metal detector as well, although we have no fields.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-26 07:48 am (UTC)
If I had my time over again I'd train as an archaeologist.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-09-26 07:52 am (UTC)
That was my first career decision at the age of 10. Unfortunately my school grades let me down.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-26 08:05 am (UTC)
I never considered it as a kid. It just wasn't on the radar.

Even though I went to a school whose alumni included Sir Max Mallowan- the great archaeologist who married Agatha Christie.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-09-26 08:13 am (UTC)
I was a strange child - when others were admiring Davy Crockett, my hero was Thor Heyerdahl.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2013-09-26 08:22 am (UTC)
I was scared of the Easter Island statues. I expected them to pop up in my bedroom...
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2013-09-26 08:36 am (UTC)
My father took me to see the documentary that was done by Heyerdahl of the Kon Tiki voyage when I was 6 and I was totally sold (and very annoyed with him because he didn't take any girls along).
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2013-10-02 11:06 pm (UTC)
I was quite taken by Rex the Runt's take on Easter Island. It did rather explain a few things. =:)
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