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Digging for history

I’ve only just managed to find time to post about my escapades on Saturday, but here it is!

I was invited out for the day by the Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Club. I had never been metal detecting before, so it was a great chance to have a go! I was really excited about spending the day out and about hunting for items, and it was really sunny so we were fortunate with the weather. I didn’t even need my coat really as the sun was that hot. Considering it is October it was a rarity to even see the sodding sun!

So, back to the day! I had great fun, mostly due to the company who were a great laugh. I am sure I was the source of much of the amusement as I didn’t have the strength to actually dig to find items- in my defense  the ground was incredibly hard. I couldn’t get my spade to break the surface :(. Luckily I had a lot of help with that bit. Hehe.

My arms killed after doing it for four and a half hours- in fact, they still hurt, and I feel as though I have been weightlifting for a few days. But at least I got a workout! So, I’m sure you all want to know what I actually found…

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I particularly love the vintage OXO sign I found. That’s going to get framed and put in my new house for sure. I found a lot of old buttons, that I think are from the Victorian period. There was a beautiful piece of metal which may be either Roman or Anglo-Saxon (the piece with the zig-zag pattern across it) so I need to get that checked out at Birmingham Museum. Some of the coins I found were really in a bad state, but the large one that you can hardly see much detail on, which was examined by one of the guys I was with, might be from the Victorian period.

One of the buttons has a beautiful little bird design on it, which is the Bridgnorth Bird I think. I really need to do some research on these items! If anyone knows what some of the items are, do feel free to comment!!

Anyhoo, I’m hopefully going to do it again in the future, I had a fantastic day out and it was such a laugh.

Recent Roman news

I’ve been writing articles for friends these past few days so I hope my blog wont get neglected too much. Luckily, because I am involved in so many organisations and also friends with such interesting people, I have no end of blog material for posts.

This post is particularly interesting as the story was in the news! The Bloxwich Research and Metal Detector Club, who I have mentioned before when I visited Tamworth, have been busy finding Roman goodies! The whole find, comprising of five brooches and four bronze coins, was unearthed from land near Overseal last month, which reveals the site has a Roman past.

dolphin’-style brooch

Image taken from Burton Mail Newspaper.

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