When I started the blog in 2011 this was one of my first posts, subsequently lost. The original was composed in 2007 by Rod Blunt of the UKDFD. In 10 years little has changed … time for a reprise, I think! SEE HERE.
‘And still as valid today as on the day it was written’ – John Brassey
Sometimes finding a positive identification for the amorphous bits of metal and ‘partefacts’ found by detectorists can lead us up many garden paths before arriving at a satisfactory conclusion. Continue Reading
Also in July I discussed the Thomas Becket pilgrim badge …
Did you know that the practice of pilgrimage, worship of relics and the belief in miracles appealed to medieval people as they thought it was one of the principle roads to salvation. It was believed that if you prayed at these shrines you might be forgiven for your sins and thus have more chance of going to heaven. Others made the journey hoping to be cured from an illness from which they were suffering.
I confessed this month about my dirty love affair. But it wasn’t about our largest export … rubbish. As a Knowledge Navigator (ex-teacher) I didn’t fully understand the word ‘garbology’. But that was the catalyst for my piece of writing relating to metal detecting and, in retrospect, it has little to do with artefacts we find when searching.
In the early 1800′s no official copper coins were struck in the UK thus resulting in a shortage of small change.19th century public houses, inns, hotels, shops and other merchants issued advertising tokens. As well as advertising the business they also had an exchange value. This token was a curiosity that attracted my attention. READ HERE for an understanding of the rather oblique title.
I made an update to a very popular thread about “a little instrument of torture!” You can read it HERE
Learn how good research can result in excellent finds. Read about the German Nazi WOUND BADGE found by Darren Davidson.
Dame Evelyn Glennie
You may have heard of 52 year-old Dame Evelyn Glennie CH, DBE, and you may also know that she is a percussionist, celebrated worldwide and held in high esteem. But did you know that when not performing with leading orchestras or collaborating with fellow virtuosos, she is a detectorist who has been profoundly deaf since the age of 12. I was fortunate to meet and talk with her … and this is the story.