Hertfordshire - 17th October 2010

posted Oct 18, 2010, 12:09 PM by Tony Smithurst

Another early start had the team watching the sunrise as Alan, Denise and Tony headed down the M1 for another day on the RallyUK club fields. A quick chat with the organiser and we slipped the car round the back of the field into a handy little lay-by and set up for the off. As we watched the main group entering from the main entrance, Tony lifted out the first coin of the day; a 1941 George VI farthing, the type with the little robin on. Full of enthusiasm, the group set off to see what else they could recover.

Alan was soon to be rewarded with one of the items from his wishlist;  a pretty little dress hook fastener from the 16th century. As our team moved around the field, two of the younger members of the local club where busy uncovering a bronze age palstave axe not too far from our intrepid trio's car!

Initially, finds were rather thin on the ground. But by lunchtime the field had started to warm up a little with several buttons and the usual suspects. Over lunch, our team discussed the snippets of news that had been gleaned from the other detectorists on the field. Not only had an axe been uncovered from close by the car, but a Colchester brooch had also made an appearance. As they talked, it became obvious that the news was spreading quickly as the previously quiet corner of the field started to fill up with the beeps and buzzes of our local colleagues' and their equipment.

Not to be outdone, the coffee and sandwiches were soon devoured and our team were off again. Within minutes, Tony unearthed an early fibula, spring still intact but the pin unfortunately long gone. A quick mid-field brief and the team performed a quick search of the immediate area for any more signs of our Roman friends. No such luck however but a nice little distraction anyway.

By the end of the day, Alan had clocked up the dress hook, a 14th-15th century buckle plate and a lead counter, Denise had rescued a trapezoidal lead weight, a fragment of a metal buckle from the ww2 era, and a marvellous cannon shell bullet. Tony had added a rose farthing to the mix and together there were several buttons, bag-seals and a couple of thimbles. All in all, not a bad days haul. Elsewhere, the field had yielded the Axe, three fibula and several hammered as well as a modern silver brooch.

To top it all off, as we made our way back home, we were treated to a magnificent red sunset to end a perfect sunny day.