For Tekkies wanting to improve their finds rate while simultaneously increasing their local knowledge and adding valuable data to the archaeological record, then British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) has the all the answers in its Field Guide #15.
In the latest issue of new 10p coins, the Royal Mint is celebrating with 26 collectors’ edition with 10p coins each depicting a letter of the alphabet with the corresponding aspects of Britishness. The coins all feature appealing designs, including James Bond; the famed English breakfast; and the national dish fish-and-chips; while ‘L’ represents the Loch Ness Monster. Significantly, the coin bearing the letter ‘X’ however…
So, what’s new?
Not a lot! Back in the late 1970s detector manufacturers regarded the 8-inch diameter coil as the ‘standard’ coil; this being best compromise between depth and the ability to locate coins and smaller items. As a Rule of Thumb, a search coil will generally penetrate to about its diameter.
Thieves apparently searching for scrap metal raided a storeroom belonging to the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and made off with thousands of rare Anglo-Saxon and Iron Age artefacts. The Trust’s Director, Paul Bennett, likened the raid (somewhat over-dramatically I have to say) to Isis’s destruction of ancient archaeological sites in Syria and Iraq.
I was recently perusing a
fine, er, so-so, archaeological tome by a Tekkie named Stout, who’d written on the fly-leaf, “To John Howland,…the biggest b*********r…”. Not only does he still owe me twenty bucks, but ♦’Barfoodles’ me to boot! Sheesh!
Like it or not, we are all arkies and all arkies are treasure hunters since they earn their livings from the Past; precisely what the dimwitted gobby elements accuse Tekkies and collectors of doing! One man’s treasure hunter is another man’s arkie.
In any case, renowned collections and many museums owe their existence thanks to wealthy collector benefactors. Indeed, collecting is also a great hedge against inflation.
Over on John Winter’s blog he announces the launch of the new, revamped and updated version of the hugely successful United Kingdom Detector Finds Database (UKDFD) and reports (among other impressive and relative data ) that : –
“Well over 50,000 items have been uploaded to the database.
Around 47,000 of them have been validated and retained as permanent records.
The number of individual record-views exceeds 35 million.
At any one time, day or night, there are typically between 100 and 200 people online from around the world, making use of the database.”
These figures are spectacular by any standards. I wish the new updated UKDFD every success and that it continues making the huge contribution to the common heritage for which this volunteer organisation is so famed. Long may it continue.
Now it’s ‘fake science’
The more dedicated purveyors of ‘fake’ news in the anti-collecting/detecting camp got a sharp shock by a damming report from the influential US Committee for Cultural Policy (CfCP), the content of which reinforces the facts that dealers and collectors are not the heritage villains some in the heritage circus working to private anti-collecting agendas would have the world believe. Now the rabble-rousing street-corner vendors have moved on to ‘fake’ or ‘bogus’ science, led by a couple of loutish, anti-metal detecting no-nothings, in what bears all the hallmarks of a face-saving exercise to breathe life into the corpse of conjecture (read here, fake science).