A Roman Weekend... day two

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A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Bargeman » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:24 pm

I am having a Roman detecting weekend, as I continue my search for a Roman fibula, and also the feint hope of a Roman silver coin. And whilst I am not expecting to find either of the above, I can increase my chances by detecting on known Roman occupational areas.

So today, I joined the metal detectives at a dig in Oxfordshire at Wendlebury, and some land adjoining the Roman town of Alchester. As per usual at the weekend, the weather today was dire, and the fields were very muddy. We had a Roman road though running right down the middle of some pasture, and a couple of cultivated turnip fields that had also been grazed. I did see a silver denarius come from the first of these turnip fields, but alas, not to me. But at least I was close ::g

I never found anything of note for most of the morning, and as the weather closed in, and I was getting ever more wet and cold, I decided to call it a day and headed the long way round back to my van. This course of action took me again over the field where the silver coin came from, and as I got closer to the gate I had a sweet 85 signal on my Rutus, and there in the mud was a small Roman spoon, dating from 1st to 2nd century, incomplete with broken handle, but a Roman artefact none the less ::g

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So tomorrow I am heading south to West Sussex, for my second Roman dig, will I find a Fibula? watch this space x;



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Re: A Roman Weekend... day one

Post by Phil2401 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:54 pm

Well done with the spoon BM - the Vicky isn't bad either! I see you've changed your mind about Kent tomorrow - hopefully today's find is an omen for what Sussex has to offer - best of luck!

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day one

Post by Bargeman » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:59 pm

Thanks Phill, found the Vicky shilling last Saturday, just using it to show how small the spoon is. Too many good digs on this weekend, off to the Roman station at Pulborough in the morning ::g



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Re: A Roman Weekend... day one

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:08 pm

Nice finds BM ::g

It’s been horrible all day so i’m not surprised you struggled to find much, it’s very heavy soil round here. No idea you were digging so close by, you should have popped in for a cup of tea OooO
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Re: A Roman Weekend... day one

Post by Saki » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:06 pm

Nice find Bargeman. Here is hoping for your fibula and Sunday search ::g
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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Bargeman » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:43 pm

Well it seems the quest continues,Today I was down in West Sussex at Hardham with the metal detectives again, I never found a Fibula brooch, and I never found a Roman silver coin, although four did come out of the field today, and I was just a few feet away from one of them when it popped out.
But it was not a complete failure on my side, my very first signal when I walked onto the pasture, and possibly the very first signal of the morning, resulted in a Roman bronze, no idea who it is, and the reverse is totally wiped clean, so a good start for me.

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I did manage to find two more coins, but both are beyond ID, all were very deep, but the CTX with 11" coil worked faultlessly.

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So as stated above, the quest continues x; right where is the next Roman field



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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Phil2401 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:50 pm

Great finds BM, despite their condition. The fibula will no doubt surface soon.That first coin pic should be identifiable from the bust - I have no idea who it is but not doubt somebody will :)

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by bob79 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:52 pm

Well done BM, let's hope you prayers are answered at the LP/ Metal Detectives open dig next Sunday.

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Bargeman » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:54 pm

bob79 wrote:
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Well done BM, let's hope you prayers are answered at the LP/ Metal Detectives open dig next Sunday.

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Thanks Bob, hope we get some decent weather ::g

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:59 pm

For just a second there I thought that coin was silver (it does look silvery in the picture x; ) and almost let out a cheer. Obviously it’s not but it is a beauty anyway l;.

The quest will need to continue...... ::g
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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by the-roman » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:04 pm

Looks like an As of Trajan mate, well done on your finds ::g
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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by knotalot » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:05 pm

Like Oxgirl i thought the first one looked silver :-/ my punt would be Trajan but the experts will be along soon and put us right last image i uncertain if thats a coin :-/ WEll done ::g

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by coal digger » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:06 pm

The coin is Trajan and denomination is a Dupondius bud, that spoon is a cracker,cd ::g
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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Bargeman » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:09 pm

coal digger wrote:
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The coin is Trajan and denomination is a Dupondius bud, that spoon is a cracker,cd ::g

Thank you ::g



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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Roberts » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:12 pm

Nice finds there BM, the roman coin is a bit eaten but still "seeable" maybe a little patine cream to stop the patine drying, the spoon is very nice and in pretty good condition. Congratulations. ::g
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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Steve_T » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:31 pm

A nice weekends haul, shame no Brooch, wont be long i'm sure ::g ::g

The roman coin from today is a good consolation ::g ::g

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day three and four

Post by Bargeman » Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:58 pm

This weekend the quest continues, I have myself booked into two more digs, one up in north Oxfordshire, with plenty of features, possible lost village, Roman villa close by, iron age ring ditch etc ::g undetected apparently, although that all stands for nowt unless you swing over something x;
The second dig is in Hampshire, and there should be a few from this very forum along to see me fail on that one :D


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Re: A Roman Weekend... day two

Post by Dom » Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:21 pm

May i give you my enthusiastic contrafibularities on that spoon. Very nice find as well as the coin.
That fibular is waiting for you i am sure.

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day three and four

Post by Phil2401 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:16 pm

Bargeman wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:58 pm
This weekend the quest continues, I have myself booked into two more digs, one up in north Oxfordshire, with plenty of features, possible lost village, Roman villa close by, iron age ring ditch etc ::g undetected apparently, although that all stands for nowt unless you swing over something x;
The second dig is in Hampshire, and there should be a few from this very forum along to see me fail on that one :D

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Very best of luck Kevin - just one question - once you've got a fibula, what's next on your wish list?

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Re: A Roman Weekend... day three and four

Post by Bargeman » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:25 pm

Phil2401 wrote:
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Very best of luck Kevin - just one question - once you've got a fibula, what's next on your wish list?

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Elizabeth 1 hammered coin would be nice ::g


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