Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

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Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:43 pm

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As I continue my quest to find a Roman fibula, I have decided that it needs its own thread, I really have no idea how long it will take, but I am trying. And again today I headed out on an organised dig up in Oxfordshire, to a known Roman area, and sure enough a few Roman coins were found in one corner of one field, but no silvers, and again no brooches.

As I entered the field and turned on my CTX, I stepped forward and the very first signal was a Roman grot with no identifying features, things were looking up I thought. But it was not to be, and all I managed in five hours, was the one grot, and two buttons, one of the buttons is a tiny little thing (Farthing used for size reference only).

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So that was today, and I will be out again tomorrow, for part three rl; ::g

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bob the log » Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:58 pm

Don't worry Kevin uncle Bob will find you one tomorrow ::g bob

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Post by Mega B » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:19 pm

That site look as if it has some very good potential,at least its not 'Dogging Lane' =))
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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:27 pm

So this is what is hiding in one of tomorrows fields in Hampshire, I have done my research..

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by alloverover » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:34 pm

Carefull with the satnav BM, one little slip and you could wind up with more than you bargined for down Dogging Lane :)) :)) ::g

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Post by bob79 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:38 pm

I'm following you tomorrow Kevin :D

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Sun Feb 18, 2018 5:52 pm

Round Four

So today it was into Hampshire for round four of my Roman quest, and once again things never quite went to plan, as I again failed to find a Fibula, or a Roman coin. But having said that, it was not all bad, as I did find a nice small Roman artefact, in the shape of a bronze ear scoop ::g for a lot of us the fields were pretty quiet, but for a few others one of the fields produced a fair few Roman coins ::g

I did find another small strange item, and have no clue what it is. x; you can see it here with the ear scoop.

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My only other find today was an eyes only find, a nice worked flint knife, the point is broken off, but a nice find anyway.

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So where will digging lane take me next?

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Post by Bargeman » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:21 pm

Just an note for the above pictures, the ear scoop is 35mm long, and the flint knife is 80mm long ::g
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Post by chip » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:22 pm

You did better than me at lp today, only managed two buttons and a load of scrap.
Was talking to one guy who said it was the worst dig he had been on as he only found one coin (a fat Raymond what ever that is). I thought if I found a fat Raymond it would be the best dig I had been on :D despite my pocket full of plough shards and nails I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:26 pm

Lots of Roman coins came out of field 6 ::g

but not to me =)) =)) =))

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Post by alloverover » Sun Feb 18, 2018 6:32 pm

looks more like a strap-end or belt mount Bm, its not an earscoop anyways ::g

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Post by Bargeman » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:02 pm

Ok thanks, I can't find a strap end of similar design, I shall just leave it as an Roman artefact ::g


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Post by bob79 » Sun Feb 18, 2018 8:32 pm

Hi BM, nice to see you again, also met Bob the log.
Never made it to field 6, knees decided it was too far, i was one who never found anything, bloke parked next to me had a nice Roman.

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Post by Bargeman » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:05 am

Ok then for round five I have booked into another Roman site and this one even mentions Roman brooches in the booking blurb😉 and I quote " including a large number of Roman brooches and coins"
Well what can possibly go wrong here then😁😃😅 so watch this space as soon I will be again heading down Digging Lane.

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by fred » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:48 am

That's a lovely little flint blade with some quite unusual retouching. ::g They didn't always have points.
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Post by Bargeman » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:00 am

Thanks Fred. I automatically thought it was broken. My first ever flint tool so well happy to have found it.

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Post by fred » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:07 am

Bargeman wrote:
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Thanks Fred. I automatically thought it was broken. My first ever flint tool so well happy to have found it.

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I once found a lovely one on an archaeological dig. It was lying on the top in the little flower garden that had been created by the main door to make the visitors centre (i.e. portakabin :D ) look a bit more attractive. It made me smile to think how many professionals must have walked straight past it over the months. ::g
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Post by Lowland » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:20 am

The flints lovely...
What a great find.
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What happens when you’ve found the mythical brooch?
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Post by Bargeman » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:29 am

Lowland wrote:
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What happens when you’ve found the mythical brooch?
::g
As I don't live in a hammy rich area, my next quest will probably be trying to find something Elizabeth 1st although I would love to find a decorated spindle whorle🤔

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Post by Bargeman » Tue Feb 20, 2018 8:38 pm

The flint tool is a Neolithic "slug" knife circa 4000 Bc, and will be going off to PAS as soon as I get a chance.
My oldest find to date ::g



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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by fred » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:03 pm

Bargeman wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:29 am
Lowland wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:20 am

What happens when you’ve found the mythical brooch?
::g
As I don't live in a hammy rich area, my next quest will probably be trying to find something Elizabeth 1st although I would love to find a decorated spindle whorle🤔

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Newbury, Berks is a great area for hammies but all the Bronze Age through to Saxon gets in the way of finding them! :D
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Post by Bargeman » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:23 pm

Seconds out, round five

Ok, so further down digging lane, I once again failed, no fibula, no silver Roman coin. But failed is such a harsh word, and full of negativity, where as, today was full of finds and surprises, just not the finds I was hoping for.

Today I was north of my floating base, and walking in the footsteps of the ancient residents of Buckinghamshire, out as I was with the Metaldetectives on a mixture of plow and pasture. And armed with my trusty Rutus Alter71, running in fast, increased gain, and sens at 80.
my first find was a trade token, it has the number 13 in the middle, and London above, that is all I can make out. Next up was a nice barrel tap key, they are what they are, but I like finding them.

My first coin was a Roman grot, it has some detail but not very much, this was followed by a nice little Roman minim with a decent bust facing right. ::g my next find which gave a huge clean signal was a tiny little bronze ring? this was followed by a broken strap end. Lastly an item that confounded all who saw it, a small bronze item with ring and dot decoration, and an iron pin running through from end to end. Nobody on the dig had seen one before, and nobody could date it?
Then as I made my way back to my van, I found a nice little Tudor button, very pleased with this.

So there you have it, did I fail, well yes and no, still no fibula, still no silver Roman, but my first Minim, so not all bad ::g

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Post by fred » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:17 pm

They will come, they really will. ::g

I failed today in my quest for gold rings, only one silver and one rolled gold one, but it was a lovely day out and that will do for me! There's always tomorrow for the gold. :D
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Post by sweepstick47 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:31 pm

A great tale 'Bargeman,' well told ::g Regards ss47
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Post by Oxgirl36 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:49 pm

Sorry you didn’t find your first Roman brooch yet ( although glad our race is still on :D ) but you had some other great finds instead so good day anyway ::g

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Steve_T » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:31 am

I can see the pictures now, some nice finds and the flint knife is really a great find

I'm sure it won't be long before you get a brooch, then I bet closely followed by another

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:31 pm

So the sixth trip down "Digging Lane" took me today to the ridgeway, somewhere between Berkshire and Oxfordshire, on a harvested turnip field. Cold and frosty, but the sweet smell of cooking bacon soon had me warmed up ,and ready for the off.
I was out again today with my Rutus, running in fast, increased frequency to 17600, discrimination backed right off to 10, and sensitivity up at 80, sure it was a bit chattery, but a good signal rang through. My first signal was a medium sized Roman bronze, this was followed by a small little Minim. And apart from various buttons and a thimble that was all I found.
Other people found some nice things though, including a George 2 half Guinea, a small roman figurine, some silver dinarii, and a couple of fibula brooches.
So I was close once again.

I shall post pictures when the picture thingy gets sorted out ::g



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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Phil2401 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:21 pm

The Fibula is close - just needs to be slightly closer to you......

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by bob79 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:29 pm

Unlucky Kevin, I've got a feeling Bassett rotary club dig could be your day. Keep plugging away it will happen when you least expect it.

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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by chip » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:56 pm

Hi bargeman, was it an open dig you went to today or did it involve a secret handshake,


I would like to dig more than shotties, plough shards and horse shoes.
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