Votive offering pays dividends

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After reading Cantiaci’s story about making a votive offering of a cheese sandwich to the field gods, I decided I’d give it a go to see if it changed my luck.
I’d recently been granted permission to search some local land that had been previously detected, but it was in an interesting area, so I was a little excited to get on with the search. The barley was finally harvested and the farmer didn’t hang around getting the stubble cultivated. It’s been really dry, so the clay soil was coming up in boulders.
I went on the field on Sunday and spent about 4 hours wandering around areas that showed promise after reviewing old maps and lidar. After 4 hours, I was the proud finder of a button, a coke can, a couple bits of lead and several shotties. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement.
I finished work early yesterday, so managed to get back out for a couple of hours. I parked up, checked my phone to see what was happening and saw the updates on the cheese sandwich offering. I thought “I’ve still got a biscuit left in my butty box, I’ll give this a go” So, out I got, set up the machine, dug a little hole and made an offering to the field. Chocolate Pick up biscuit and a Murray mint for good measure went in, with a few words uttered and off I set. First hole, a 1963 2 bob bit - things were already looking up.
Second hole a nice Victoria horse brass - yes it was a booming signal. It’ll polish up nicely.
Third hole, some gold plated bits, maybe from a cigarette/match care?
It was tough going due to the conditions but overall I’d consider it a successful visit, even if it didn’t turn up any silver or gold coins.

Would I say making an offering works,,,,,, yep, it sure does. :thumbsup:
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:thumbsup: haha i like it. i'm gonna try it next time.
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What a nice story! Enjoyed that.

I would never worry about land having been 'done' or detected before. Not now anyway. I have several permissions which i have had for 17 years now. Just me, and occasionally Pete (who is out as I speak pointlessly walking with a set of golf clubs on a thing called a 'course' somewhere. :roll: ) and never previously detected.
In that time, I have used 5 different machines on the big field behind our house (which was originally a dozen smaller fields from 1820 map.) It is clay soil, arable, and deep ploughed every three years or so and shallow ploughed/disked every year. The clay forms a solid 'pan' and yes, it forms boulders when it is cracked open and brought up by the machinery and these take a longish while to break down. A whole season really.
Because of this many finds are trapped .....most good machines reach a very similar depth in my experience, certainly none hold enough advantage to significantly change this dynamic.
Finds get stuck inside these solid lumps and are then missed and anything stuck under the solid pan is the same. Every year I do this field as much as time permits...long sessions and some short ones as it is so close. Three years ago it suddenly threw up a Stater. Last year it gave me a gold hammered. This year it just gave me another gold hammered. None of those finds were very deep and had simply been fetched up from deep by the plough biting hard into the plough pan. The condition of the finds is such i know they haven't been thrashed about in the loose top layer because they would have been wrecked in a couple of seasons.
So, clay fields....they are never done. There is simply no accounting for what might be released into the workable soil by the farm machinery each season. It also follows that you can have days when you find beep all. I just suck it up and do my time until it gives me something. lol
I am considering a suitable offering in the meantime....it has to be a 'sacrifice' and in my case that is probably one of my precious hobnobs and a PG tips tea-bag...because I can't easily get either over here. :lol:
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Was it Dark Chocolate ?
They are the best ones.
Your post has just caused me to look up the Royale Family and the " secret cupboard " scene, even reading the script made me laugh. :lol:
Back to detecting, well done on your finds, especially the gold plated " After Eight ? " holder.
Like the fact that the horse brass is dated with all the info.
Great read to a good day out, :thumbsup:
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Dave The Slave wrote: Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:02 pm Was it Dark Chocolate ?
They are the best ones.
No a milk chocolate one. I’m a self confessed chocoholic, so giving this up was tough.
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Good grief, this fad for stuffing vittles into the soil seems to be catching on and lord knows where it'll end :shock:

Wonder if there's some sort of tariff involved? Like, choccie hobnob=Victorian brass, a cheese&pickle sambo will net you a silver tanner, and then all the way up to a lobster thermidore in a mornay sauce served with a fried egg on top and spam will merit a stater.

Don't be cheap, people. Use only the best ingredients and include several courses and wine :thumbsup: :lol:
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Tell you what.. I'd swap you a couple of crap hammered coins for that Victoria brass! Cracking find! :thumbsup:
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figgis wrote: Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:09 pm Good grief, this fad for stuffing vittles into the soil seems to be catching on and lord knows where it'll end :shock:

Wonder if there's some sort of tariff involved? Like, choccie hobnob=Victorian brass, a cheese&pickle sambo will net you a silver tanner, and then all the way up to a lobster thermidore in a mornay sauce served with a fried egg on top and spam will merit a stater.

Don't be cheap, people. Use only the best ingredients and include several courses and wine :thumbsup: :lol:
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Pitbull The Elder wrote: Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:43 pm :lol: :lol: :lol:
It’ll end up with rats :shock: and lost permissions :thumbdown: but hopefully with gold before that happens :Party:
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