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This was our second outing since September last year due to the lockdown restrictions.
We were very fortunate to be able to visit a new permission that had just been drilled with Spring barley and wheat with further drilling for vining peas.

The 7-acre field was rolled and destined for peas so we decided to survey that one first. The conditions were extremely dry with well defined roller lines to follow.
The first artefact to come to light was a lovely Anglo Saxon sceat dating to AD 710 and minted in York.
There were several ferrous signals as well as lots of lead which is usually a good sign that there has been lots of human activity there.

Speaking of lead, one of the crew had a strong signal registering 99 on the Déus control box.
After digging down over 24" a sheet of lead became visible and it was clear that the object was far bigger than the original hole so we had to enlarge the excavation.
At last, the lead bucket, as it was identified, was extracted. The estimated weight was 25-kilo's.

Apart from a few sherds of Medieval pottery, we recovered a Bronze Age axe blade, a Roman fibula, Roman coinage as well as Medieval coinage and artefacts including a lovely decorated Medieval book clasp identified as a Howsam Type A9.

We decided to search the final headland and it was almost at the end of that search that we recovered a superb example of an Edward the Confessor penny. The coin was identified as a Sovereign/Eagle type penny and dates to AD 1056-1059.

Identification of the 2 large hammered coins would be nice if possible.

​HD images (including the rubbish) can be seen here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVraveQ

Thanks for looking.
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"Identification of the 2 large hammered coins would be nice if possible."

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Allectus wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:34 pm "Identification of the 2 large hammered coins would be nice if possible."

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Some lovely finds there Paul :thumbsup: Love that strap end and the first buckle is a corker!
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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Lovely range of finds there, Paul :thumbsup:

Just a point regarding the practicability of the bucket: if it weighs c25kg empty, and water weighs 1kg/litre, what the hell did it weigh when full? It'd take two men and a boy to carry it :shock: Not exactly the sort of thing you'd pop down the garden with to water the hydrangeas, is it? :lol:
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Some great finds there fisher thank you for sharing :thumbsup:
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An amazing selection of finds!! 😃 The real question is, why would someone bury an empty lead bucket??
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Great selection of well photographed finds, Paul.
Detecting a stubble free field, looks like luxury, Maize being a nightmare.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:08 pm Some lovely finds there Paul :thumbsup: Love that strap end and the first buckle is a corker!
We've since discovered that the strapend is in fact a fancy book clasp! (Howsam type A9) Still nice though :D
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Emily wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:29 am An amazing selection of finds!! 😃 The real question is, why would someone bury an empty lead bucket??
Thank you Emily, we thought the question was "why should we dig it up!?" lol!!
Seriously, it shows that the Déus was confident that it was a non-ferrous signal and should be dug.
Dave The Slave wrote: Fri Apr 23, 2021 1:55 pm Great selection of well photographed finds, Paul.
Detecting a stubble free field, looks like luxury, Maize being a nightmare.
Cheers, :thumbsup:
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Hi Dave,

I can't believe we've only been out twice since last September :shock:
The first outing was on an old permission that is now virtually a non-contender for us, hence only a few grots.
This new permission appears to have never been detected before.

The farmer text me this morning to say it was okay to detect any of his fields whilst the crop is low so we're going to try a field at the other side of the church.
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A great array of finds, and a great presentation of photo`s. That`s the way " it should be one " . :thumbsup:
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Bors wrote: Sat Apr 24, 2021 8:08 am A great array of finds, and a great presentation of photo`s. That`s the way " it should be one " . :thumbsup:
Cheers Bors, we strive to show that persistance pays off. Our landowners love the pictures too and often send the Flickr links to their family members and other landowers.
The camera I use is a small compact jobby thats at least 5-years old.
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