September’s Best Finds…

This month we’ve got some familiar faces in our best finds list, along with a couple of new ones – and most importantly – a detectorist keeping the public safe! Make sure you submit yours this month to be considered for October’s list and happy hunting!

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Guest Post: The Missing B17

A plexiglas fragment casing and possibly a handle from an escape hatchJulian Evan-Hart has provided us with another guest post – this time on a a Shepreth B17 Flying Fortress Mk1 and its crew.  Read more of this post

Guest Post: I Just Know There’s Something in that Field – Part 2

Roman PotteryIn the first of this series of two blog posts I recounted how my friend Steve had found items that indicated a Roman single cremation burial site. If you want to know what happened next then read on…

When Steve returned home with his finds he assembled all the pieces of mirror together and found that it was almost complete, just missing a corner, (this missing piece was later discovered using my CTX 3030). Steve finally gathered all the artifacts up and brought them over to my house where we carefully cleaned them. From all the evidence so far it seemed that the cremation burial was quite a simple affair – a small greenish glass jar in which the single cremated human remains were placed, accompanied by two ceramic vessels, one of which possibly contained the chicken bones. The split pin he found may indicate that originally the green glass jar was interred in a small wooden casket. A solitary thin piece of bronze sheeting was recovered that may have been some sort of binding for such a burial casket, but nothing more. The field was extensively searched in the 1970`s and was even the site of an ‘early days rally,’ so it’s unknown what may have been found here previously.

It is quite surprising that no one found this little burial site back when the mirror was far more whole (making it a much larger target). Although if the mirror had lain on its side that would probably account for it offering a small area to a detector but a large area to an oncoming destructive plough. However, they didn’t and it took another forty or so years for the site to be uncovered – that’s the thing with metal detecting, it’s very unpredictable. Read more of this post