The day of lead and a couple of mystery bits

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mattjb
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Back out all day with the deus lite. Noticed a large field had been ploughed and rolled so had a few hours on there first.These fields are very stoney and seem to have some mineralisation ,the deus didn’t seem to like it being newly ploughed at all no matter what settings I tried. I persevered only to find loads of lead,a Vicky half penny a button and a thin bronze looking piece with a rounded end?
I soon got fed up and wandered into the barley stubble field that I’ve been doing over the last few weekends. Mr deus seemed much happier back in there and it wasn’t long before I found the other mystery item.
My first thought was strap end when it came out of the ground but I’m not sure what it is ?
Also found half a buckle ,a few buttons, what looks like a corroded Roman coin and a toasted Georgian coin.
All in all a pretty tough day!
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The first item looks like a zoomorphic Saxon strap end. Very nice indeed! The second item is either part of a brooch or a brooch pin - not sure!

Great days detecting there :thumbsup:
Yes I really don’t like Roman coins, I’m not joking
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Oxgirl wrote: Sat Aug 14, 2021 7:11 pm The first item looks like a zoomorphic Saxon strap end. Very nice indeed! The second item is either part of a brooch or a brooch pin - not sure!

Great days detecting there :thumbsup:
Thanks Cath, it looks the right sort of shape for a zoomorphic Saxon strap end but doesn’t look that zoomorphic!
There seems to be a pattern in this field, all the interesting stuff comes up in a 40yrd strip that runs full length down the middle of the field from the entry gate at the top. Google earth shows a darker line there so maybe an old trackway? No sign of it on any old maps though
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Oxgirl wrote: Sat Aug 14, 2021 7:11 pm The first item looks like a zoomorphic Saxon strap end. Very nice indeed! The second item is either part of a brooch or a brooch pin - not sure!

Great days detecting there :thumbsup:
Been looking at some examples of zoomorphic strap ends and on a lot the zoomorphic bit isn’t well defined so you could be right.
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They are often well worn sadly. It’s hard to tell the medieval ones from the Saxon ones as a result too :?
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It looks like a Saxon strap end,a nice find 👍
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The thing about zoomorphic pieces is that they can be highly stylised, but I can see the familiar horse's head at the base there. Great find :thumbsup:
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