A Treasure Hunters Viewpoint…

Welcome to Muddy Heritage;

And so; what is Muddy Heritage, well quite simply it’s a piece of our 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;

“You see” everyone loves the lure of finding Treasure, but 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 now 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, saturday 09..02..2013 006whether 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for identification, most of the time it becomes quite easy, hence why I have published this site, instead of keeping it unpublished I thought someone might be able to get some use out of it as well; I make no apologises for how jumbled up at the moment this site is, and it will remain so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 will miss something;


Do you like a good Historical Story that’s not just based on hearsay, a good story that’s True, and founded in history; if so, i found this easy to follow history slash auction website, they blend the true historical facts with the coins relating to the story, a must-see web site


What we are trying to achieve here is an Understanding…

So many of the Artefacts that are found or has been found are just parts of something much bigger, and so to gain an understanding of what “has been found” it is always relevant to a much bigger picture…
One of the most problematic things, any metal detectorist, archaeologist, or anyone who digs up an Artefact, or has found an item, that they are unsure off, it is how best to describe what they have found, this is where many people fail, especially someone new to the hobby of Metal Detecting, and this is where an item, is then either discarded or put into a box of “don’t knows” its these items that need to be addressed as a greater proportion of them are more important then they look, this is where the forums and social media sites help, by simply posting a “photo & help to id please” could bring in the ID you need… why do these items need an ID ? quite simple, if you have found part of a Roman brooch for example, then there is an good possibility that it might just turn out to be a Roman site, which then produces Artefacts from that era, on every turn of the seasons plough…which you can then look forward to maybe finding, an item from the Roman period next time you venture out on that field, as there is a good possibility that occasionally something might turn up, on each new seasons ploughing…cousons 1          Now its whether you found an ID on this website or one that we point you too, it does not matter, whatsoever, as long it has been identified, then our aim has been achieved, so click on, any of the highlighted words dotted throughout this website, to be taken to more helpful websites, some of these sites are “age-specific” whereas others cover a multitude of ages…


shown on the left is a five inch coil for the T2, this is for sale via PayPal for fifty eight pounds plus five pounds postage…


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 masterpiece 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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