Back out to bronze spear head field

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Had some time today, so went back out the the field that gave up parts of 2 bronze spear heads last week. I was out for 4 hours.

I decided to go over the same areas that I initially searched so that I know that I’ve done it well. I was worried that I’d missed things on the first go over.

Also, the land hasn’t been ploughed in decades (the farmers choice) so I’m sure that I’m still missing things, deeper down, but wanted to do the best that I could.

Low and behold quite a lot came up. Bits of lead, the odd coin, a mount of some kind, a tiny musket ball, and a tonne of bronze.

Can anyone identify the largest coin?? The detail is there, but I it’s corroded in the wrong places and I just can’t read any of it. The monarch on the front is facing right and the back has Britannia facing left. There is writing going around the edge on both sides.

The big find today was what I thought was a little bronze pendant, but once cleaned, it turned out to be an arm with a hole in the hand. When I saw this I immediately thought that it was part of a Christian icon of Jesus on the crucifix, but is there a chance that it’s something from the Bronze Age too??

I’m going to have to inform the finds liaison officer about all the bronze that came up, but what are the chances that a bronze arm comes up a stones throw from where the bronze spear heads came up and isn’t related??

Also, a piece of pottery came up that has a very deliberate pattern. It’s obviously broken and missing chunks, but I’ve never seen anything like it.

Any thoughts and identifications would be greatly appreciated. ☺️
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An interesting field. The coin is likely a George III penny. :thumbsup:
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Love the arm and hand. It certainly looks like part of a crucifix and possibly medieval, although I doubt you could get a positive date with just the arm which is a shame.

The rest of the bronze waste bits could be related but may have nothing to fo with it. Worth sending photos/ showing them to the FLO to be sure :thumbsup:
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If there’s a pattern on the circumference then it’s probably George 3rd and he had a long reign
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Metalurgy wrote: Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:00 pm If there’s a pattern on the circumference then it’s probably George 3rd and he had a long reign
Yes there is. I got it wet and you can just about see the III on the back. Thank you. ☺️
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Oxgirl wrote: Mon Oct 04, 2021 8:58 pm Love the arm and hand. It certainly looks like part of a crucifix and possibly medieval, although I doubt you could get a positive date with just the arm which is a shame.

The rest of the bronze waste bits could be related but may have nothing to fo with it. Worth sending photos/ showing them to the FLO to be sure :thumbsup:
Thanks Cath. I initially thought it might’ve been a pendant or a little bell of some kind, as I saw the hole when I dug it up, so was surprised to find fingers. Haha. I was thinking medieval too. ☺️
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Plenty of good finds there, Emily.
Always worth revisiting a spot where you have previously found a good item.
Like the pottery rims and glass stopper.
Actually thought your Bronze arm was the handle of a saucepan.
Plenty of Bronze blobs.
Only thing i can definitely Id is the Blitz kitchen towel :silent:
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By the way bottom right is a medieval strap slide like this one https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... id/1034302 :thumbsup:
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:07 pm By the way bottom right is a medieval strap slide like this one https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... id/1034302 :thumbsup:
Are you sure?? Mine looks much more of a consistent shape. I genuinely thought it was modern rubbish. 🤦‍♀️ I’ll get a better picture of it and post it up. ☺️
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Your piece of pot is from one of these. I would say that your part is from a city crest or makers crest. Plenty of bits like yours on the PAS database and I have had a piece recorded.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartmann_jug
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Looks like a good field Emily, you certainly seem to be coming up with the goods. :thumbsup:

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The heart-shaped piece looks like the rear plate of a padlock. Are there any distinguishing markings on it or any other corroded-over holes?
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Sensorman wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 7:28 pm The heart-shaped piece looks like the rear plate of a padlock. Are there any distinguishing markings on it or any other corroded-over holes?
This is the back. There’s one open hole in the left, but potentially 7 others that have corroded. I’ve marked them with red dots.

As far as I can see, there aren’t any markings on it, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t originally.
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TheFenTiger wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 5:01 pm Your piece of pot is from one of these. I would say that your part is from a city crest or makers crest. Plenty of bits like yours on the PAS database and I have had a piece recorded.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartmann_jug
Wow. Those pots are amazing. Are they particularly rare?? Mine is so small and damaged, I doubt it’s worth recording it.
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Oxgirl wrote: Tue Oct 05, 2021 2:07 pm By the way bottom right is a medieval strap slide like this one https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts ... id/1034302 :thumbsup:
Here’s a close up photo. You really think it’s medieval??
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