Another pewter spoon

I went back to Permission 1, hoping to return to the field that produced a few finds on my two recent visits. Unfortunately the farmer has moved the alpacas and rheas into it so I decided to try Field 2 which is where the animals were previously.

This is a field with shallow ridge and furrow that can be seen clearly on aerial shots and more dimly on the ground in slanting sunlight. I had a session on it several years ago when it produced a George III penny and a lot of iron junk and foil. Being behind the farm buildings and where the farmer stores his machinery, I imagine a lot of scrap has been chucked away here over the years.

A couple of hours detecting produced 1 pewter spoon handle, a complete vaseline bottle (including its decomposed contents) and the usual collection of scraps of lead and foil and a pair of enormous iron D-rings which look like the bit of a gate that the bolt goes through.

The spoon handle is rather nicely decorated in a style I think may be late 18th century or regency and has a maker’s name on the back which may be Manson or Mamson or similar.

And my tracking app gave up tracking half way through the session.

Eheu!

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British Museum to buy Bronze Age axes

Experts at London’s British Museum have confirmed they want to buy two early Bronze Age flat axes unearthed in a Silsden field by a hobby metal detectorist.

When Edward Hannon isn’t serving up burgers and chips in his job as a fast-food worker, he is out and about in all weather with his metal detector.

It was one day in July last year he and friend Sarah Coultous, 43, stopped off by chance at a farm near Silsden to try their luck at treasure hunting.

Mr Hannon is staying tight-lipped about the exact location to prevent illegal digging for other artefacts.

British Museum to buy Bronze Age axes found at Silsden

Bronze Age lock-rings declared treasure

Two Bronze Age gold rings which were found by a metal detectorist on farm land in Wrexham have been declared treasure by a coroner.

The lock-rings – worn either as earrings or in the hair by a person of wealth and status about 3,000 years ago – were discovered in Rossett.

The ornaments will now go on display in Wrexham County Borough Museum.

Bronze Age rings found in Rossett, Wrexham, declared treasure

Gold in faeces ‘is worth millions’

Fortunes could be saved from going down the drain by extracting gold and precious metals from human excrement, scientists suggest.

Sewage sludge contains traces of gold, silver and platinum at levels that would be seen as commercially viable by traditional prospectors. “The gold we found was at the level of a minimal mineral deposit,” said Kathleen Smith, of the US Geological Survey.

Smith and her colleagues argue that extracting metals from waste could also help limit the release of harmful metals, such as lead, into the environment in fertilisers and reduce the amount of toxic sewage that has to be buried or burnt.

“If you can get rid of some of the nuisance metals that currently limit how much of these biosolids we can use on fields and forests, and at the same time recover valuable metals and other elements, that’s a win-win,” she said.

A previous study, by Arizona State University, estimated that a city of 1 million inhabitants flushed about $13m (£8.7m) worth of precious metals down toilets and sewer drains each year.

Gold in faeces ‘is worth millions and could save the environment’

Not sure I fancy taking the Deus into the sewers. Still, it seems to suggest that the UK could be flushing over half a billion quids worth of precious metals down the khazi every year. That’s almost £9 per person.

Digging for treasure: Is ‘nighthawking’ stealing our past?

Heritage groups say one of the countryside’s most famous monuments is “under attack” from illegal metal detectorists hunting for buried treasure. But what is “nighthawking” – and is it robbing us of our past?

“See a penny, pick it up and all that day you’ll have good luck” – it’s something we’ve all told ourselves on those harmless occasions we’ve spotted small change on the ground.

But there are times when pocketing the odd silver or gold coin truly breaks the law.

Illegal metal detecting – or “nighthawking” as it is more commonly known – is sweeping the spine of the east of England, heritage groups say, robbing us of our chance to examine the past and causing damage and strife to landowners.

England’s earliest settlements – areas such as Lincolnshire, Sussex, East Anglia and Kent – are some of those suffering the most at the hands of criminals churning up the land in the hope of finding valuable relics left by our ancestors.

Digging for treasure: Is ‘nighthawking’ stealing our past?

17th century coin hoard unearthed in Denmark

Wielding metal detectors, three amateur archaeologists have unearthed a significant find of 75 large silver coins dating back to the turn of the 17th century, along with fragments of a silver belt, near Orenæs, Falster, in southeastern Denmark.

Michael Märcher, a museum inspector and coin expert with the National Museum of Denmark, was impressed by the many coins. In total, they weighed two kilos.

17th century coin hoard unearthed in Denmark

ISIS/DAESH selling looted artefacts on Ebay

2,000-year-old artefacts looted from ancient sites in Iraq and Syria by ISIS are being sold on eBay as jihadis cash in on relics dating back millennia.

Jewellery, ceramics and coins plundered from museums within ISIS territory are known to pass between criminal gangs before turning up in Gulf States and later appearing on trading websites.

Two coins from Apamea, in western Syria, which date back to Ancient Greece have appeared on eBay with price tags of £57 and £90.

This comes after entire Roman mosaics were ripped up by a bulldozer from the ancient site.

The trade in antiquities is a profitable business for the terror group and is thought to be worth tens of millions of pounds, The Times reports.

As well as looting ancient artefacts, ISIS is known to levy a ‘tax on valuable and historical items found in its territory to ensure the group’s central administration benefits financially from raids on museums.

The number of artefacts flowing from the war zone is so great that their market price has actually fallen.

ISIS/DAESH selling looted artefacts on Ebay