Wednesday 7 April 2021

Targeting Known Site Under Permanent Pasture

    Traces in the landscape, easily destroyed
More heritage vandalism from the artefact hunters, this time on a WW2 airfield in Gloucestershire that's never been ploughed but...
Post by ivortripod » Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:33 pm
Detected in corner of building on this WW2 site, field used only for sheep grazing. V. Good signal depth app 9 ins, Non ferrous, no rust, no damage, perfectly circular width app 9ins. Sitting completely level, best described as spiderlike equi-distant arms with small circular  space  dead centre, so opposing strands don't meet. Didn't attempt removal as unsure considering possible ordnance issue. Of course I should have taken a pic but had no device available. Certainly not a drain, this was far too well made: any ideas would be very welcome
So he was detecting on grass (in full breach of the Code of Best Practice for responsible metal detecting in England and Wales), located the site of an actual building and then dug down right into it, despite having irresponsibly gone out without any equipment at all to record it properly, or any real idea how to interpret what he found.
Here's a rundown of the RAF airfields in Gloucestershire for those who want to learn about them without trying to trash the remains and selfishly nick bits for themselves as trophies lost airfields of Gloucestershire. Or there is this guide 'Gloucestershire Airfields in the Second World War' (British Military Aviation History) by David Berryman. A trail here, and the BBC wrote about it. So there is quite a lot to see and experience, to study and learn, without putting a spade in the ground. Some of these sites are protected from the likes of Ivortripod - for example being on NT land, but others are under threat from looting of this kind and the only thing that protects them is decency. 

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