This is the combination of several hunts and today?s hunts. Today I started on the field where I found the farmers drive shaft last week with threatening rain clouds. Was detecting the edge of the field along a farm road when a tractor approached, the farmer and his son asked me what I was looking for and I explained the usual answers. He wished me good luck and drove off, dropping a container of oil and a bag of drinks off his trailer. I yelled 3 times but he couldn?t hear me so I said dang it and shut down the detector, picked up his losses and started walking towards his direction, got lucky as his son looked back and realized the situation, thank goodness! His son ran back and gathered the goods and thanked me, he is about 15 years old. I went back to detecting and after 15 minutes it started to rain so I detected my way back to the car, only found a 1950 coin and some trash. Figured I could make it back to my favorite fields and get some time in before the rain hit. Managed two hours on a good field before the rain came down and I was out of time any way. Here?s the combined finds. A few buttons.
The lead, two musket balls and a lead seal with a dog or a cow on it.
A few relics, a large brass leather harness strap holder, a copper rivet that binds a leather tack strap like a button would, A brass = sign used for an early wooden beer keg, a decorative copper hinge, broken and possibly for an old book and a copper piece that I think may have been harness d?cor.
Several coins I found, most from today, 1819, 1886, 1875, 1928, 1950, a large coin with a III on it and no other details as it is very worn down, a small pile of WWII crusty zincs.
Obverse of two silver coins, 1856 and 1875, much smaller than an American dime.
Reverse of the silver coins.
My Archaeologist friend stopped by this evening and gave me my finds that the Archaeology dept. kept from last year to examine. I was thrilled. Last year I picked up his stone age finds and delivered them to him and this year he picked up mine and delivered them to me. Had a good conversation with my buddy, discussed a lot, showed him recent finds and I learned a lot of what?s going on in the Archie dept. for our area. I received about 30 finds (all of them) back with a nice documentary write up and a sketch on each find estimating the period from where they came and identified. They kept/examined mostly buckles as they are easily dateable and I?m really glad to see some of my buckles date to the 1400s. Some of the finds I received today are a ring seal matrix from the local weapons factory dating to the mid 1600s. The son of the present owners of the building is a friend of my son and I just showed it to him as he is at the house now, he thought it was cool. The loop is broken off and it dates to around 300 years old. Another seal matrix stamp approximately 150 years old. Here is an example of the write ups on every find they examined, this picture dates to the 1400s, late medieval and is a clasp of sort. It is 2? long and beside the sketch they made along with the write up. HH, MikeLinkback:
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