A Treasure Hunters Viewpoint…

 Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. Izaak Walton

Welcome to Muddy Heritage;

And so; what is muddy heritage, well quite simply it’s a piece of Heritage dug up in a field, covered in mud…

 Or it could be an old bottle from a stream bed an old dump or a hedgerow, a clay pipe bowl or stem from the river Thames or any river come to that, pipeso in other words it all comes under the umbrella of Treasure Hunting;

Every one loves the lure of finding Treasure, most people think of Treasure as shiny coins in a pot, until they actually dig up a dull grey disc, whilst wading through a sea of mud, for those more experienced out there it is time to celebrate, as once cleaned that dull grey disc turns into a bright silver coin…  “well nearly”IMG_3189 (2)

When I have been out Metal Detecting, & find myself needing to identify an item, traditionally I reach for an assortment of books, mostly on the subject of “what I think” I have found, then like everyone these days, when doubt sets in, i head to the internet, a lot of the content within these pages have been collected over many years, & a lot of the subject matter displayed here, whether in physical form or through web site links, these are where I head to first, using the books as a cross-reference, by using this method for identification, most of the time it becomes quite easy, hence why I have published this site, instead of keeping it unpublished I thought someone might be able to get some use out of it as well; I make no apologises for how jumbled up at the moment this site is, and it will remain so for the foreseeable future, as this is a new website, built from an old website, which in turn was a revampedsaturday 09..02..2013 009 model of two previous sites, so this site is brought together over twenty-two years, which as this site evolves i will be updating & removing various bits & pieces, so for the moment, this site is constantly evolving…


Don’t Miss Anything;  One of the most important things to remember about the menu on this website “is” do not click on the drop down buttons, until the main content has been viewed, click on the main content button first, otherwise you might miss something.


Before I go any further, I would like to say a huge thank you to Wayne Kitching – from North Yorkshire, for a stunning photo that he took on Sunday 18th November 2018, it captures a moment in time, when just as the rising sun was trying to burn off the early morning mist, a group of metal detectorists were detecting eastwards down the field, each one marking their route as they went forward with the appearance of a darker colour, with each detectorist creating their own different pattern in the crop, as the coil shook off the mist from the crop or as a digging tool was being towed behind ready to be called into action;card wayne (2) it was this, that was making each detectorist appear to cast long shadows on the ground, as they went about their task…Wayne has kindly given written permission for me to use this photo, so I have popped it on the header for all to see, it is a typical scene of an early morning metal detecting dig, but one that has captured the essence of being with friends yet doing it your way…thank you Wayne…


Shown below are just some of Treasure Hunting’s pleasures, & what can be found…

This coin came from commonwealth field, just off of solder lane. research + field work = success “says a lot really”

Commonwealth Half Groat or two pence {a Groat being four pence} this is easily identified as a tuppence by the .11 above the two Shields, representing England & Ireland…


on the Reverse of the coin is the Cross of England

 

above left – A Devils Toenail;  above right – A Lead Powder Measure 16th / 17th century;


above – another contribution from the collection of Brian Ridley a  piece of “Contemporary Trench Art” showing the kings head on the left, whilst on the right; a seated Britannia sits above the date, another master-piece created by Brian Ridley…


Everyone has their own idea of what they call Treasure, & where they go Treasure Hunting, which is fantastic, as it leaves something for me…

It’s all about the moment…

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