The Best-practice-fail Lenborough Hoard came up on a commercial rally, here is the site the rally targeted:
Our Super special Christmas dig is all arranged now and weather permitting, will take place at Manor Farm at Lenborough. [...] There are up to 15 fields of pasture that have not been searched, at a guess over 120-acres & now the cows are in we are free to roam the whole farm. We have use of a barn for shelter and a toilet will be on site too Tons of history here, DMV site, Medieval Manor house and windmill site, Roman treasure found at adjacent village and much more....As can be seen from Google earth the whole area is covered by grassland and in that are well-preserved earthworks of a medieval village (?) and field systems. Removing artefacts from such a site without detailed plotting is simply wanton destruction.The field systems, droveways and other features extend outside this area, making an extremely interesting landscape complex for eventual detailed landscape archaeological examination - but not after these "wanderers" have ripped the middle out of it.
Here they are, actually ripping the middle out and the earthworks they are digging in can quite clearly be seen even at ground level.This is obviously old grassland they are removing collectables from. How many were recorded and how accurately?
What are they thinking? What is the FLO thinking? What was the stratigraphical relationship of the layer the hoard was dug from and dug into to those composing these earthworks? Is the archaeologist (the PAS FLO) able to tell us? When can we expect the excavation report? We can see the hoard crowd is standing in a depression, is there an earlier buried soil under these earthworks at this point, and what is the relationship of the hoard to these layers?
Why was this site not secured and a proper investigation, lasting several days, not the fading light of the afternoon hours just before Christmas, not instigated? From what we see on the videos, one can only conclude that this was just archaeologically-condoned site trashing.
And a final photo shows just how near the hoard was to the farm buildings just behind the diggers. Hardly 'remote'. It can also be worked out where it was, which tells us how far this findspot was from the hedge-lined road and how likely it would have been to have spotted activity from the road. It would have been very easy to mount a watch over this findspot until a properly equipped professional team could take over. Why was that not done?
|Edited screen grab from video posted on You Tube by Coinshooters|
Oh, and do have a look at the video where they are scooping the coins out by the handful from the bottom of the hole:
You Tube video by 'Coinshooter'