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Playing At Archaeology [Jul. 16th, 2017|12:31 pm]
Tony Grist
Dig down anywhere in my mother's front garden and you hit a layer of building rubble- brick, stone, slate, glass, metal. I can only guess at what it represents. Am I perhaps looking at the rough and ready surface of a buried farmyard? 

I've been prospecting out there with my metal detector- working my way along the edge of a flowerbed. I haven't got very far yet because the second time the detector went beep I found I'd lucked onto a big cache of large metallic objects- and I've been digging in the one spot ever since.  First up was a wedge shaped item which- when cleaned- turned into a rectangular piece of steel plate with holes in it and boltheads still attached. That was yesterday's find. This morning I scanned the diggings again and I was still getting strong responses so I dug some more and out came a brick-sized lump- which looks agricultural- but I'll need to remove the accretions before I can be sure of its shape. I scanned again and the machine is still beeping. It's like there's a whole tractor down there.  I've exposed the edge of whatever the new thing is- and tested it with a magnet to make sure its metal-  but extracting it can wait until tomorrow.


[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-07-16 02:40 pm (UTC)
Most farmers I know have a nice heap of demolition rubble somewhere in their yard ready to dump in a really muddy gateway in winter...

It's like there's a whole tractor down there.

When I rented the field for the horses I kept coming across bits of Morris Minor in the hedge. Heaven knows how it got into the hedge.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-07-16 04:10 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have some pictures of this place as it was when it was still a farm...
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