Newbury 22nd August 2010

posted Aug 21, 2010, 11:14 PM by A Standish   [ updated Aug 24, 2010, 1:12 AM ]

The day dawned and a warm sunny day was forecast, as we headed south towards Newbury and then along the M4 to the rally location. The fields were on the edge of a deer park, and had connections with Jane Seymour. Well over 160 acres
were available to detect. The facilities were excellent with onsite toilets, food outlets and plenty of seating around.

At first, the detecting was quite slow going, with the finds few and far between. The usual suspects of Georgian coinage showed up, plus a lot of lead shot. Around midday one of the loudest shrieks of delight was heard across the fields, one of our friends from the valleys had unearthed a beautiful James 1st 1604 sixpence.

Lunch beckoned and a change of machine and detector head resulted in an increase of signals. It wasn't long before a George 2nd  had emerged, followed by a lovely medieaval mount which i gave to the farmer for his grandchildren, who had come along to see what had been found. Another colleague showed us a gorgeous 2nd century denarius, and a small edward hammered.

Then as the afternoon drew to a close, a very nice coin weight, which i think is from the James reign emerged, as we made our way back to the car.

The artefact will need more research to confirm its ID.

An excellent end to a beautiful days detecting. A good trip home followed.