Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

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

Post by alloverover » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:23 pm

Bargeman wrote:
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The odds would of been stacked against you much more if you had set out to find a silver medieval brooch rather than a fibula but you found one ::g ::g
Do you think it could be silver?


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Looks it to me BM ::g



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

Post by CTX_Phil » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:47 pm

alloverover wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:23 pm
Bargeman wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:21 pm
alloverover wrote:
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The odds would of been stacked against you much more if you had set out to find a silver medieval brooch rather than a fibula but you found one ::g ::g
Do you think it could be silver?


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Looks it to me BM ::g
I thought it looked silver too but I know photos can sometimes change the colour of what something looks like so didn't want to question what you were saying x;

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

Post by bob79 » Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:49 pm

Love that brooch BM, well done ::g

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

Post by Steve_T » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:03 pm

Nice finds and a Brooch too, does have a look of silver about it ::g ::g

Not quite roman but getting closer, well found and saved ::g

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

Post by Easylife » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:29 pm

Hi BM, Maybe a quick spit & foil test on the brooch may determine if it is silver. There just is no logic to where casual losses are, great finds just appear when you least expect them.
Enjoy yourself, don't try too hard and you will find. ::g
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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:33 pm

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Nice finds and a Brooch too, does have a look of silver about it ::g ::g

Not quite roman but getting closer, well found and saved ::g

Regards Steve
Steve it may not be roman, but it is lovely, I am seriously happy with the find ::g

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

Post by Bargeman » Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:57 pm

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So today was Down Digging lane number 10.

And we headed for the small hamlet of Cote in Oxfordshire, for an open dig on disc'ed and seeded land, put on by Metaldetectives, and LP. This was a really busy event, well supported, and some real nice finds came out to a few people, including a Bronze age axe, and a Saxon hammered penny.
There were also a few nice Fibula brooches, including one to Bob79 from this forum, and a few hammered, and plenty of roman coins. It was good to see a few of the forum regulars there too, including Oxgirl, and Steve T, I know that Freddie C was there but our paths never crossed. ::g

Ok then that is the general report, so how did I get on? well again I failed x; rl; although I did find a few nice items as you will see below, my first signal was the trade token, and then over the rest of the day I found the small roman coins. All my finds came from the same field.

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

Post by Steve_T » Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:14 pm

They've come up well ::g that wind today has zapped all my energy, I was that cold I've lit the fire to warm up, there were some good finds and hope to see a picture of the bronze age axe that was found

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

Post by CTX_Phil » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:02 pm

Steve_T wrote:
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They've come up well ::g that wind today has zapped all my energy, I was that cold I've lit the fire to warm up, there were some good finds and hope to see a picture of the bronze age axe that was found

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Post by Bargeman » Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:20 pm

Thanks for the link Phil, I actually saw the flint arrow head, it was in amazing condition, and so small, and shaped like a willow leaf, fantastic. ::g



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

Post by chip » Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:39 am

Glad to see there were some good finds, I found a few buttons and a large coin that was pretty toasted.
I will get it out of the car tomorrow and see if I can bring up any detail.

That axe head looks like a corker, anyone know what field it came off of.
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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by cammann » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:24 am

alloverover wrote:
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Carefull with the satnav BM, one little slip and you could wind up with more than you bargined for down Dogging Lane :)) :)) ::g
"..I'm here to do some digging" he announced, to many happy faces.... :)
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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Sat May 05, 2018 8:13 pm

Somewhere down digging lane, number 11
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Blimey that was hot, someone stick a fork in me I am done!


So for number eleven I once again headed for Oxfordshire with the guys from MetalDetectives, and the tiny hamlet of Shifford, onto some nice roman fields, all plowed, disced, rolled, and seeded. And with this warm weather, the swallows were flying around, and roman fibula brooches were sprouting all over the field :D Even Bob79 from this here forum was on them and started collecting them in kit form. It seemed that everybody had a couple, some even more than that, but not me.

No roman silver, no roman fibula, but I did manage four small romans amongst the heavy iron, two bag seals, two partifacts, and a George 3.

But I did not have a bad day, oh no, but someone did, after finding a perfect silver unit, eagle type, with COMF on the reverse, he later lost it again in the field, now that is a bad day. 8-|

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Well there you are, roll number 12 ::g



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

Post by Steve_T » Sat May 05, 2018 8:23 pm

Another good day with some spoils ::g

you have some good finds to make up for no fibula....the fibula certainly elude you at the moment

How on earth can someone loose something like a silver unit...that is bad luck

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

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat May 05, 2018 8:29 pm

I’m really sorry you didn’t get one today Kevin. Seems Bob is attracting them like iron to a magnet. He had a big swan end part of one last week and more bits today.

Hope the next dig gives you better results ::g
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Post by alloverover » Sat May 05, 2018 8:45 pm

Top coin is a Constantinople commemorative Bm, third down is Constantius Gallus and the last looks like a FEL TEMP REPARATIO with soldier spearing a falling horseman reverse ::g

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

Post by CTX_Phil » Sat May 05, 2018 10:01 pm

Link to my little haul from Shifford today below. My son also got his first Roman today so he was happy :) Glad I didn't drop my unit like the other guy!

https://twitter.com/A140_Artefacts/stat ... 21666?s=19

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Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 pm

Well now next weekend I am heading for darkest Wiltshire, and the little town of Warminster...

In the Iron Age a series of hillforts were established on the 6 hills that surround Warminster. Of these hillforts perhaps the most famous is atop Cley Hill, to the south west of the town. The fort was established around 750BC, but within the earthworks are several Bronze Age bowl barrows. The Romans built villas to the east of the current town, but it was really in the Saxon era that settlement began in earnest, centred on a loop in the river. By the 9th century there was a Saxon royal manor at 'Worgemynster', and a mint was established by the time of Aethelred (c. 978AD). Copied from the interweb.

Could be interesting, or not, as the case may be and lets face it, you won't find it sat at home ::g



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

Post by fred » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:10 pm

Nice finds but pull your finger out about the Roman brooch, it takes forever to navigate to the latest posts! At this rate it will end up longer than War and Peace! :D
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Re: Somewhere down Digging Lane... My Roman Quest

Post by Bargeman » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:15 pm

It's out there somewhere Fred ::g x;






But I'm damned if I can find it 8-|



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Post by Bargeman » Sun Jun 17, 2018 6:04 pm

Nothing to report from todays dig near Aylesbury, and even less found, just one worn out George halfpenny, ten inches down, on ridge and furrow, when will I ever learn. ;;z

Oh well, Warminster next weekend ::g

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Post by bob79 » Sun Jun 17, 2018 8:46 pm

Never mind BM, better luck next week, never had any success on ridge and furrow neither.

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

Post by bob79 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:22 pm

Bargeman wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 pm
Well now next weekend I am heading for darkest Wiltshire, and the little town of Warminster...

In the Iron Age a series of hillforts were established on the 6 hills that surround Warminster. Of these hillforts perhaps the most famous is atop Cley Hill, to the south west of the town. The fort was established around 750BC, but within the earthworks are several Bronze Age bowl barrows. The Romans built villas to the east of the current town, but it was really in the Saxon era that settlement began in earnest, centred on a loop in the river. By the 9th century there was a Saxon royal manor at 'Worgemynster', and a mint was established by the time of Aethelred (c. 978AD). Copied from the interweb.

Could be interesting, or not, as the case may be and lets face it, you won't find it sat at home ::g



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Good luck for tomorrow BM, keep yourself covered and well hydrated, bring back that fibula you long for ::g

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Post by Bargeman » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:52 pm

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Good luck for tomorrow BM, keep yourself covered and well hydrated, bring back that fibula you long for ::g

Bob.

I will try Bob, but a Saxon hoard would do as a substitute ::g :D



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

Post by BigDan » Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:30 pm

Great thread Kevin,

Good luck with the dig mate, I’m sure you’ll get your horde!

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Post by bob79 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 8:32 pm

Anything to report BM ::g

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

Post by Bargeman » Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:02 pm

it was tough Bob, one roman bronze came out, no hammered's, a few Georgian coins and some six pence's, also a very unusual find, a stone bronze smelting furnace, still with some bronze attached, it was apparently about a foot down when found. ::g

All I managed to find were a few buttons, a George 3 farthing (again) and a broken pipe tamper. Before the heat got too much for me, and I headed home.

Phew it was hot rl;

I think I shall stop now until we get some harvested ground and maybe some rain.

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

Post by bob79 » Sun Jun 24, 2018 10:33 pm

Tiz sod this year Kevin, down in Cornwall looking at fields that have been harvested of their spuds, nice and flat and diggable.

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

Post by Bargeman » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:42 pm

So it has been raining heavily now for over an hour, not enough, but every little helps, we need three weeks of solid steady rain to make any difference to the soil in all honesty, but I am not complaining ::g I would have been happier if I had shut my roof vent on the barge when I got called out to work at 17.00, as I never got back home until 21.00 rl;

I have a full weekend of digging lined up as well, one on some riverside land that should be nice and moist, and has an old ferry station that dates back many hundreds of years ::g and then the LP/metaldetectives dig on Sunday over in Oxfordshire, this is a good solid roman area so there is a chance of a find or two, A fibula? well, I am not getting my hopes up, and it really would be nice just to find anything old ::g



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

Post by bob79 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:15 pm

See you Sunday Kevin. OooO

Bob ::g

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