John Schorne and the Mystery Object Explained

Any ideas? Made of lead. 4×3 mm. Plain back. Detected in North Marston, Buckinghamshire.
This is not an original blogpost, but one that was made eons ago ( around 2011) and which I believed was lost. Unknown to me, my friend Randy Dee had been saving blogs of mine that he thought worthy. What follows is the text that he kindly supplied me; luckily the pictures I still had on file.

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Dead Chuffed

Mike Turner lives only two minutes from Norfolk beaches, so spends quite a bit of time searching the shifting whispering sands. Last year Mike found something interesting and unusual that made a change from the usual coins, pull tabs and assorted rubbish. Mike’s ‘research’ paid off dividends.

I wonder, the tag looks like brass, which makes me think. During the cremation process, the remains are in the oven for over 2 hours at temperatures of between 1600-1800 degrees and sometimes as high as 2100 degrees. Brass has a melting point of 1630 degrees. Perhaps to withstand the heat they are made out of a high grade stainless steel type metal with a melting point of 2790 degrees. It’s your only chance of traceability, so is important. Anybody know?

Mike tells me that the local authority had been re-charging the beaches with fresh sand ready for the tourist season and smoothing it out with bulldozers. He thought that all this activity might add something different to the trash he was used to finding, and wasn’t disappointed. He found a crematorium tag! Well, that was different! Mike wondered how the tag had got there, so emailed the crematorium. This was the reply:

Thank you for your email. The date of the tag that you have sent is from 2007. I would imagine that the family concerned had scattered cremated remains in the sea and the tag was washed up. When we release cremated remains, the tag is always left in the container for identification purposes. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance …

As well as the paperwork assigned with a unique identification number that follows the body throughout the entire cremation process, there is a metal tag stamped with the same number and placed in the incinerator with the body.

This unique tag is designed to withstand the cremation process. Should there ever be an issue where the ashes were to become separated from the paperwork, the correct identity can be found by locating the metal tag in the cremated remains and referencing it with the paperwork.

Scattering Ashes at Sea

There is no legal restrictions on scattering ashes at sea or on any public stretch of water in the UK. You do not need to inform local authorities as long as you avoid spreading ashes on private land. Click here for full lakes and regiujlations isn the UK.



Message From Ann

Thanks for the great articles. It was because of your Dr Scholl’s Foot Easer article that I was able to identify the piece that I found. Although I have only been following your blog for a month or so, I look forward to your posts with great anticipation. I am in Ontario Canada and relatively new at the sport of ‘swinging’ but loving every moment I can get. Just thought I’d send out a greeting to you and all the members.


A Blogpost with Knobs on!


‘Have they disappeared’, I hear you asking. Detectorists are finding them but, but in the main, they are largely overlooked in favour of the hammered coin or Roman brooch. That is about to change. When was the last time you saw one in a detecting magazine?

The design of the artefact has changed, and not only for the better. The original was of excellent quality and did its job very well. We have been fooled by design. Now we have all different kinds of ways of opening a door or cupboard and they are not always efficient. We have been lulled into living and accepting items that have been designed to the nth degree. Bring back knobs, that’s what I say.

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Message in a Thimble

When detectorist John Goble of Ipswich found a badly damaged and corroded thimble he didn’t think much about it, but took it home anyway. When he attempted to wash out and bin what he thought was clay, he made a remarkable discovery – instead of soil he found a very tightly folded and rolled paper plug.


The Thimble © JG

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Reasons for Metal Detecting?


I was browsing an American detecting site the other day where the main reason given for buying a machine was that detecting is one of the few hobbies that really pays for itself. Not sure about that. Talk was about ‘everyday’ finds as old and new coins, diamond rings, gold jewellery, valuable ‘relics’ and even buried treasure. Maybe this applies to the lucky few. I certainly have a lot of catching-up to do!

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