A few rather ordinary finds... but an award winning fossil!!!

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A few rather ordinary finds... but an award winning fossil!!!

Post by HolzHammer » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:07 pm

Afternoon All,
A few rather ordinary finds from this morning, though I particularly like the octagonal button and the "gold" loop which, if gold, will def make the lot a bit less ordinary! Will ask for an ID later... though nice and heavy and soft are prob in its favour! Sword belt carrier fragment, bent buckle and a little bumpy lead token which I haven't cleaned yet etc etc...
then this caught my eye... Gryphaea arcuate just lying there in the heavy plough...
I have found hundreds of smaller and broken ones over 42 years of searching East Hertfordshire's fields but never one this big (60mm) or this intact - what a corker - she's a beaut!!!
That was enough for me - you don't need anything more after that...
All the B and thanks for lookin'.
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Re: A few rather ordinary finds... but an award winning fossil!!!few rather ordinary finds... but an award winning fossi

Post by stupot » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:37 pm

Great find and in undamaged condition

Gryphaea (Devil's Toenail) Fossil related to the Oyster. Mostly Jurassic but later also.. I often wonder what our ancestors thought of fossils when they came across them.

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Post by cantona1 » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:38 pm

That's an absolute belter, I would be over the moon with that ::g

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Post by fred » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:39 pm

stupot wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:37 pm
Great find and in undamaged condition

Gryphaea (Devil's Toenail) Fossil related to the Oyster. Mostly Jurassic but later also.. I often wonder what our ancestors thought of fossils when they came across them.
Probably 'Ugh - can't eat, thow away', and that was just mum! :D

Great fossil though.
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Post by Allectus » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:40 pm

Never mind the fossil...you've got gold there! x;

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Post by fred » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:42 pm

Allectus wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:40 pm
Never mind the fossil...you've got gold there! x;

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It cartainly looks like it. Pick it up, if it feels heavy then it is almost certainly gold. the shape of it suggests that it is old too. One for the FLO and possibly treasure! ::g
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Post by Steve_T » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:05 pm

Nice selection and bonus fossil

The fossil is a great find, well saved ::g ::g

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Post by Me and my boy » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:39 pm

Fantastic fossil
It’s amazing
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Post by HolzHammer » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:41 pm

fred wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:42 pm
Allectus wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:40 pm
Never mind the fossil...you've got gold there! x;

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It cartainly looks like it. Pick it up, if it feels heavy then it is almost certainly gold. the shape of it suggests that it is old too. One for the FLO and possibly treasure! ::g
Thanks fred, I'm about to put it on ID page...

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Post by HolzHammer » Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:43 pm

Allectus wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:40 pm
Never mind the fossil...you've got gold there! x;

A ;)
Thanks A, lets hope so - I am about to put up better pictures on the ID page... the close ups make it look a bit "rough"...

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Post by Me and my boy » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:11 pm

Fantastic fossil
It’s amazingly nice
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Re: A few rather ordinary finds... but an award winning fossil!!!

Post by thefiggis » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:17 pm

Reminds me - I must restock my cashew nut stash...

Lovely find, sir. ::g

It's strange how your eye gets attuned to the soil beneath and anything out of the ordinary leaps out at you. I've found several fossils recently amongst piles of flint.

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Post by HolzHammer » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:23 pm

thefiggis wrote:
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Reminds me - I must restock my cashew nut stash...

Lovely find, sir. ::g

It's strange how your eye gets attuned to the soil beneath and anything out of the ordinary leaps out at you. I've found several fossils recently amongst piles of flint.

Well done.
I was searching fields for fossils decades before taking up detecting and was noticing I was finding fewer recently exactly because I was thinking subsurface - I'm sure it poss to do both - I would hate to think I was missing out on a passion I've had since I was about 6!
P.S Found a REALLY good echinoid and belemnite too today... but 110miles apart so thats dedication!

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Post by Easylife » Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:53 am

HolzHammer wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:23 pm
P.S Found a REALLY good echinoid and belemnite too today... but 110miles apart so thats dedication!
Gee, your feet must be tired. :)) But well done. ::g
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Re: A few rather ordinary finds... but an award winning fossil!!!

Post by poly » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:35 am

If anyone is interested there is a wealth of information on the Internet about ancient Fossil Folklore. Our ancestors certainly revered fossils as having mystical properties. There are examples of Bronze Age burials with skeletons surrounded by fossil echinoids, flint arrowheads incorporating fossils etc.. Viking graves have been found with fossil echinoid amulets.

Even in more recent times powdered Gryphaea was used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in England and Scotland as a cure for a horses sore back and for painful joints in humans !
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