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Sept 2002 to Jan 2003
25th Jan 2003
What a painful job, I will be reducing all photo sizes over the next week and deleting some pictures to cut the site down. I will still post thr nice finds.
31st Dec 2002 Happy new year to all
Look at a my late Christmas present to myself, a very nice example of a Corieltauvi tribe coin, struck in good silver, depicting a wild horse on one side and a nice hairy boar on the other, this coin was minted in or around the Lincolnshire area in 50bc.
This years detecting kicks off this Thursday, got a new set of waterproofs, another new spade digger so I am raring to go.
23rd Dec 2001 Happy Christmas to all but not you Nighthawkers !!!
My last few hours detecting before Christmas produced three tin cans and then a very nice Edward 1st hammered silver penny which was a good note to hang up the detector till Jan. I have had to remove all reference names to my sites as I noticed some holes that I did not dig, there might be some 'night' detectorists taking some interest in my sites. Not much use to them really as the fields are so huge, knock yourself out guys !!!!
18th Dec 2001
He got a very nice range of copper coin dates and I have identified his pendant, see below.
17th Dec 2002 Cabin fever
Got out today for a few hours today, chores were giving me cabin fever !! A bit wet underfoot but it is just so mild. Got two great bits of silver, huge Victorian Crown and an Elizabethan penny. Picked up another nice printing block to add to my collection, no idea what dates the ones I have found below are. Took time to snap a few more of the earlier finds and Gary sent me his latest cleaned find, an interesting pendant.
12 Dec 2002 Christmas is coming
Not been out detecting since the 5th as there are always too many chores to be done before Christmas. The weather is still fine with just a bit of a chill in the air so I will be out there looking for the Roman hoard this weekend. Arkansas Gary is back again in early Jan for two more weeks to renew the hunt for some more silver Roman's and to try out some of the new land. I will be out detecting on the known productive fields until then and leave the new ones for visitors, there is a serious amount of 'hotspotting' to be done on the new ones to determine what is on them.
05 Dec 2002 Mid week detecting break from the house hold chores !!
Great day for detecting, mild & sunny with the ground just nicely moist for maximum depth. (got to be global warming this good weather in December !!!) Lots of the usual 17th & 18thC coppers turned up plus this very nice heavy Roman coin suffering from the dreaded 'bronze rot' and another small very rough bronze. Lots of interesting bits and bobs appeared including the top of a very early beehive thimble, 2 broken crotal bells, one the early decorated variety.
03Dec 2002 Yet more land to detect!!!
I secured the rights today for 3 more farmer's sets of land. One guy has huge amounts of land where he grows three types of crops, wheat, barley and sugar beet with all different planting times. He also has set aside land and grass areas. The second guy has less land with 1/3 set aside and a 1940's WWII radar site with some old buildings still intact and remains of the mast, this area is grassed. The last guy has the most potentially interesting land all around an old church REMOVED. All the sites are within ten minutes from my house by car. I have no idea what these fields will produce as they have never been detected before, should be very interesting.
28Nov2002 That is real old !!
by one of the guys is a 6000 BC scraping core. I think it was 'Alaskan'
George who chucked it in the boot of the car and joked it was a Roman
scraper !!! Little bit older than that by a long way !!
I am very happy with this find (not quite as old) I cleaned up as it turns out to be a James 1st 1603 London Mark trade weight.
I also cleaned up a rough Cuban copper (star on it ) 1910, what were they doing in Ardleigh ??
27Nov2002 Digital Camera's are great
Got a nice Roman broach and a hammered silver yesterday. I have borrowed a digital camera so I have started to improve some of the pictures and add the larger of the previous weeks finds like the sword that don't fit too well on a scanner !! Lots more to snap yet once I have recharged the batteries.
Special thanks to Kris in the USA for identifying some of the unknown Roman coins for me.
25Nov 2002 **** Farm - first finds
I had a half day's detecting at the new *****farm site and the afternoon at the Roman village site. The ****** farm site is showing real potential with a crotal bell, GeorgeII milled silver shilling and a really nice farthing of the same period. A very nice medieval purse bar hanger, part of an early arrow head, some early buttons both livery and military and the usual 17th & 18th C coppers. So it is now showing a date period from what I thought was a Hadrian Roman ( it turns out to be a Nero) I found from AD54 to 1940, not a bad spread. The rest of the Roman village site has now been ploughed but not seeded but still does not want me to have any Roman finds (it hates me for some reason). The guy I was with picked up three really rough Roman coins but Californian Ron's Roman ring is the last artefact taken off this field (where are the broaches and necklaces with my name on them ??) One day it will give me a really good find but not yet it seems.
20th November 2002 Arkansas Gary's finds
'Arkansas' Gary just sent me this nice picture of his finds laid out, man that was a lot of digging in just one week and does not include the bum signals !!! Gary's recount of his coins was 34, just 2 short of Texas Mike's record !! Check out more of his pictures here
I have moved a number of this weeks finds to the Previous weeks finds section to make things load quicker hopefully. I have been giving my old back a rest this week as we found one hell of a load of bits and bobs last week and it took a real pounding. I have been scanning in more finds but I really need to treat myself to a new digital camera with a macro to get better quality and take shots of the larger bits (hope Santa treats me ) like Gary's huge Tudor Horse shoe. Lots more finds to scan in yet.
13 November 2002 2nd Roman Silver found
Gary's final day produced a surprise as a find he made earlier when cleaned up is his 2nd Roman silver coin. He actually found this coin within his first hours detecting after he landed, we both thought it looked Australian originally for some strange reason as the back looks like a Emu bird !! What I also thought was a Georgian copper I found turns out to be a Hadrian 'copper' Roman coin, must get some glasses !!! I will post more of Gary's finds on the testimonial page when I have scanned them in.
12 November 2002
What an interesting weeks detecting so far, Arkansas Gary arrived and by lunchtime we were on the fields and my very first hit was a nice milled silver William sixpence. I then added a further 9 coins within 3 hours to my collection of the usual 17th & 18th C coppers ( best 3 hour coin rate I have ever had). Gary had not yet unpacked his trusty Minelab Explorer and was struggling with his other machine. However he soon got into the 'swing' of things and looks like he is could be close to beating Mikes record of 36 coins in a week by having a great '11 coin day' including a beautiful Roman silver and a bronze and one milled silver. This is the first Roman's found on the field that should be Saxon in period. We had a half day session on the new ****** farm fields that are really huge and show potential. We took off 4- 17thC coppers a crotal bell, some nice buttons including an early military one and a possible Roman VIII round marker. We now know why it is called ****** farm because at one end of the field is a small lake and a mini forest. Gary skirted the lake but did not find any camped Roman's left overs !!!!! I will scan in the finds when I get the chance but we are out hunting tomorrow for the elusive hammered silver.
31st Oct 2002 I have cleaned up further finds from the last couple of weeks and used my new 3 volumes of 'Collector Finds' books to help identify some of them. It is certainly easier to find them then to identify them !!! Gary from Arkansas arrives in a week so we will be hitting that 'gold' field again soon. I also want to try that field where the hammered coins came up as I have never detected that field before. The weather is great at the moment, sunny and mild.
Alaskan George has sent me this picture of 2 of his earlier finds, the ring turns out to be Victorian in date, having had the ring repaired he is now wearing it !! The locket is Elizabethan .Very nice memento of his trip.
23/09/2002 Some news
I have added a land and holiday date availability section for those of you contemplating a detecting holiday. Slots are going fast so book early to avoid disappointment. The farmer has bought a new set of fields at ****** farm 55 acres in total, I have not looked at them yet.
What a weekends detecting, 2 gold and 4 hammered + some great Roman artefact finds, the bummer is that I did not find any of them and the area the gold was found both myself, Mike, Ron and George had hit quite well. Goes to prove no land is ever detected !!
14/9/2002 Ron's last day before he flew back to sunny California produced a couple of milled silver and the usual 17th-19thC coppers. He finished with total of 50 coins, 7 Roman & 2 silver but the hammered coins eluded him. He pledged to come back next year to get them !!!! Texas Mike still holds onto his impressive record of 36 coins in a week. No more detecting now until next weekend as I have to catch up on my chores !!! A brilliant few weeks and lots of batteries burnt, large amounts of food devoured and many tales of Polar bears and rattle snakes. I will clean and post more finds from the last couple of weeks shortly.
Great Saxon silver finds Offa Rex - Coenwulf - Hammered gold
Villa Dig - Roman gold - Celtic gold hoard found
Can Majos and Mass Bills gold rings - Texas Dave's hammered gold
Roman gold coin - Mass Bruce's axe hoard
2000BC Axe - Boston Buds Saxon gold