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Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 12:37 pm
by alloverover
Not being derogatory to the people who live there but refering to these things :D , sometimes refered to as 'pound stones' in the local area so ive read because they normally weigh almost exactly a pound and were actually used to weigh out butter and cheese long ago, also known as 'Shepherd’s Crowns'.

It must of been a popular urchin hangout 170 million years ago, I found 18 of them, my buddy found about the same and the guys that dug the excavation we were working in had already found a load in an area roughly 25m x 25m, I enjoyed hunting for them and it certainly made the job more fun.

They are now residing in the garden, soaking up the sun after being buried for so long :D :thumbsup:

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 2:52 pm
by Dave The Slave
Interesting find, something i have never heard of , the weighing bit. Must be lots more in that area.
Remind me of Hot Cross Buns with that pattern. No doubt someone would have mentioned rock cakes.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
Dave.

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 2:59 pm
by figgis
Ah, not the thread with stories of snot-nosed street pickpockets I was expecting :D Always a thrill to find, ain't they, even though they're really quite common (the fossils, I mean, not the pickpockets). Alexander (Holtzhammer) found an absolute belter a few weeks ago, too.

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 6:35 pm
by Blackadder43
And from this day forward the home of Alloverover shall now be known as the Home of Urchins, long since departed :thumbsup:

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:15 pm
by Oxgirl
I love those things! I’ve only ever found a couple and considering how many fossils litter my positions I’m surprised not to have found more. Not every day you find that many in one place. I wonder if they got squashed into a smaller and smaller pool over time till the water eventually just dried up and they perished?

Whatever the reason for the concentration of them I think they are a great find!

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Sun Jun 06, 2021 8:22 pm
by alloverover
Oxgirl wrote:
Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:15 pm
I love those things! I’ve only ever found a couple and considering how many fossils litter my positions I’m surprised not to have found more. Not every day you find that many in one place. I wonder if they got squashed into a smaller and smaller pool over time till the water eventually just dried up and they perished?

Whatever the reason for the concentration of them I think they are a great find!
Cheers Cath, God knows why there were so many but they were all over the place, even when we thought we had found them all once we had walked around and disturbed the ground again there were more. From a place ive never heard of before, Guiting Power . :thumbsup:

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:04 pm
by stanslad
Great haul there Phil,
Funny things happen over in them Cotswolds,
My mate lives there, he's got three kids, one of each!
Clint :shock:

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:57 pm
by Ladybird66
Great to find whole fossils. I was introduced to the pleasures of Cotswold chips’ quite a few years ago when we bought some to fill in between the slabs.
I wasted many a happy hour sorting through them looking for little fossils, which were in abundance.
I’ve seen there are some still in situ in the blocks that were cut for building. The only obvious fossils around here are me and the old man !

Maybe you could make a small beach feature in the garden and scatter them on a mix of sand and gravel. 🤔👍

Re: Cotswold Urchins

Posted: Tue Jun 15, 2021 8:46 pm
by alloverover
stanslad wrote:
Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:04 pm
Great haul there Phil,
Funny things happen over in them Cotswolds,
My mate lives there, he's got three kids, one of each!
Clint :shock:
:lol: needs more than 3 to have one of each type these days Clint :lol:

Be good to catch up again sometime mate :thumbsup: