Thursday, 10 May 2012

Metal Detecting Under the Microscope: the Chortling Finder of Lots


We were talking the other day about the rate artefact hunters in Britain are reporting their finds to the PAS and Mr Pett of the British Museum (though he has yet to come up with any of his own) was doubting the figures used by the Heritage Action Erosion Counter, considering it very unlikely that artefact hunters are finding so many things. Here's a jolly little video by a guy called Ged Dodd which shows a table-full of artefacts all found within twelve months by one metal detectorist. While I do not claim that all (indeed many) of these objects are PAS-recordable, I put it up as an indicator of the sort of finds rates these people can achieve. If Mr Happy Peace-Haven had a Roman villa or Deserted Medieval Village on one of his farms, the finds would be of a different order.




Metal Detecting UK (309) XP Deus - Twelve Months of my Bronze Finds (Posted on You Tube by Peace Havens)

Note the "human buckles" and the polishing of the coins... 

2 comments:

PeaceHavens said...

Do you realise that Ged Dodd started a project in 2013 which has lead to the largest collection and identification of Russian flax and hemp bale seals on the planet .. he now assists every museum and Finds Liaison Officer to identify these very important artifacts from the Industrial Revolution .. see the PeaceHavens Project, the existence of which was beyond the capabilities of normal archeology .. and which makes you out to be a bit of a toffee nosed idiot .. .. see https://www.facebook.com/groups/PeaceHavensProject/
http://peacehavens.co.uk/BSINDEX.htm
Happy 2016

Paul Barford said...

"Peacehavens" of course being Mr Dodd's own pseudonym... Yes I know about his bales, but that is not the point being made.

His link does not work, so we cannot check just how familiar Mr Dodd is with the Russian language literature on the subject - so his proud claim to know more about this stuff than the Russians cannot be verified.

Readers can look at the video here and decide for themselves who comes over as the idiot - https://youtu.be/JtTODTWgJ14.

I defy Mr Dodd to "write the history of the individual mills" from these decontexctualised objects, used alone. Show us what you can do with this material.

 
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