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Digging For History [Mar. 29th, 2017|11:16 am]
Tony Grist
I've invited a couple of metal detectorists onto the farm and they're walking up and down the fields now. They've only been at it a few minutes but already they've found...

A Victorian penny
A gilt button
A harness stud
A piece of shrapnel from the Second World War
and- most intriguingly- two large bore musket balls.

The balls are bigger that you'd expect a farmer to be firing off. They imply the presence of soldiers or at least of military firearms.

More to follow...

From: cmcmck
2017-03-29 11:31 am (UTC)
I'd guess at civil war although Kent saw less fighting than many counties, especially around here!

Could also be 18th century militia however.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-03-29 11:47 am (UTC)
It doesn't look as though the balls have been fired. They were found close together so perhaps some passing soldier dropped them out of his pouch.
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From: cmcmck
2017-03-29 12:56 pm (UTC)
That's certainly possible although it's often hard to tell if ball has been discharged.
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