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And before anyone says, "My husband/wife" in some vain attempt to garner brownie points with said partner for a weekend pass then I would remind you that you can't spend them detecting at the moment so there's no point in such blatant toadying. I had a pet toad once, you know. His name was Gervais and he was my constant companion and closest confidant until Ponsford the grass snake et him, the swine. But I digress...

What ho,

Thought it might be a wheeze to chat about the good stuff we've turfed up via the Mark I Eyeball alone. For me, my initial thoughts on what would be No.1 were turned to Roman flue and roof tile fragments because of what they mean for the context of the site, but the Roman/Saxon bead fragment below edged it owing to the the pure spawniness of spotting it. Being large(ish) and red, the tiles stand out when sat on a field, but this little fellah is so easy to miss. Indeed, I only discovered it via the fluke of Great Aunt suffering a bit of a fall on the field and its later popping out of her earhole and sticking to the wall when she tripped over one of the dogs. :thumbsup:
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So, so easy to miss this sort of thing, and I shall be forever grateful to her wooden leg.

Be interested to see what anyone else has turned up.

Pip pip :thumbsup:
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I have my head down looking for stuff all the time, especially at the moment as my dogs ain’t very good at locating metal stuff no matter how much training I’ve put in. Eyes only are the only thing left.

There’s one permission I’ve had my eyes on since I started detecting. It’s owned by an old school, cantankerous farmer who ain’t keen on anyone on his land even where a public footpath runs through it :lol: I haven’t asked him for permission yet but I will one day, until then I call him if I see a hurt/ stuck/ escaped sheep and chat about other stuff in the hope of chipping a bit of his defences down.

I sometimes nonchalantly cross his accessible fields looking for clues to it’s history. I’ve worked out where the mill was, pinpointed an old path to it, honed in on the site of the millers cottage and am pretty sure I know where three houses were located on another field.

On one such excursion about 3 years ago I found this musket flint. It’s a beauty isn’t it? Probably 18-19th century (rather than civil war) and surprisingly intact for having been tossed about on a ploughed field for quite a few years. Apologiesif anyone has seen this before :Luv Ya:
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A non-metal theme so far, well I once found a marble. :lol:
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Metal and non metal.

Wine bottle seal found May 2012.
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Apart from the usual clay pipes & pot pieces that show up whilst I'm detecting, the old chap always wanders off looking for clues & comes back with stuff, from big chunks of medieval quern stones to tiny Saxon beeds, but his seal ring that was sat on the surface beats them all, nothing wrong with his 91 year old eye's!
Clint :thumbsup:
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Oh wow, what brilliant finds there folks. :thumbsup:

I've only had a couple of Flint tools so far, which I really do like finding, but may personal favourite is this piece of pottery.

It looks as though the PAS website is faulty so I can't link to the item on there.
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TerraEnglandia wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:04 pm Oh wow, what brilliant finds there folks. :thumbsup:

I've only had a couple of Flint tools so far, which I really do like finding, but may personal favourite is this piece of pottery.

It looks as though the PAS website is faulty so I can't link to the item on there.

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What did they say it was?
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I need to look for more things - I would love a Roman or Saxon glass bead - nice finds Stanslad and Allectus :thumbsup:
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polished Neolithic axe....always wanted one and one was there in the plough-dust as I trudged home from a largely unsuccessful session. The farmer had put deep drainage pipes in a few months before so that clearly brought some stuff up. Lot of flint in the soil but there was no mistaking this shape.
I have found a Roman glass 'melon' bead. It was actually found not far from Wall Roman Site....I saw a footpath running through a nearby ploughed field and naturally I plodded along it with my eyes glued to the ground while Pete stayed in the car listening to a Test Match. I was so excited with it.
The other eyes-only find I enjoyed was a massive and complete Iron-age beehive quernstone. I made a note of where it was and got Pete to go collect that one. :lol:
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As all of my permissions are pasture, eyes only finds are few and far between, however, I did find a ten pound note on the roadside returning to the car in the summer, does that count? :?:
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Reiver wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:41 pm As all of my permissions are pasture, eyes only finds are few and far between, however, I did find a ten pound note on the roadside returning to the car in the summer, does that count? :?:
Hell yes! Total result.
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Littleboot wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:59 pm Hell yes! Total result.
I thought so . :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:32 pm
What did they say it was?
It's working again now. https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... id/1003311

A fragment of ceramic strainer/colander or cheese press of uncertain date, probably Roman or Post-Medieval, c.AD 43-410 or c.AD 1500-1800.

The fragment is sub-triangular with once rounded edge and two broken and worn straight edges. The curved edge is bevelled. Eight irregularly sized and spaced circular apertures are present through the object. It is otherwise undecorated.

The ceramic fabric is a mid-buff/orange colour with a soft and soapy texture. It is not possible to ascribe a specific period to this object based on this fabric type.

The fragment is 50.4mm long, 60.4mm wide, 16.1mm thick and weighs 40.5g.

Similar objects have been recorded on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database. See: HAMP-CE014B for a similarly undated example, LANCUM-0156C1 for Roman and SWYOR-B38EB5 for Post-Medieval.
I'm hoping it's Roman to be fair. I've found multiple Grey Ware sherds in the same area, also a very nice Roman silver coin too. :Thinking:
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I mainly detect on pasture so not much chance of eyes only finds apart from dogs balls! Ok stop sniggering? :lol:
In Aussie I found a small gold nugget on the surface eyes only, a sun-baker as they are called.
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