Spurred on to Detect

SpurAfter all the rain, Steve and I decided to search a site that we hadn’t been to for a while. It was drier than most places and this influenced our decision. To be honest, I can’t say I was all that keen to go. The last time I was there, myself and a few others cleaned up what little we thought remained, which turned out to be nothing more than three bits of lead. However, after the recent weather it was good to get out, so I begrudgingly agreed to try again.

Upon arrival I was a few feet from the car looking rather dismayed at all the weathered footprints when my machine abruptly gave off a large signal. After some frantic digging I was amazed to see a highly decorated gilded spur that Steve reckons is 16th Century. My mind was immediately filled with obvious questions like “How on earth has this been missed?” and I suddenly became far more enthusiastic about being back on the site.

SpurFrom then on, my CTX3030 was on fire and I found myself unearthing all kinds of treasures, from hammerheads and buckles, to coins, belt fittings, lead dross and fragments of thin cooper alloy sheeting. The list was endless!

Needless to say there was some part of me that thought my detector had picked up on my frame of mind. But who knows – perhaps our enthusiasm gives off a stronger electrical charge. Of course what is more likely is that the recent rains had flattened down the field, making other targets more obtainable. All I know is that the beautiful spur had lifted my spirits and stopped me from giving up.

The photos show the spur and a few of my other finds from that day.

About Julian Evan-Hart
Julian is from Hertfordshire, England and has always been interested in fossils and antiquities. Julian has written a number of books on metal detecting, and is an avid user of Minelab products.

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