I guess it happens to all detectorists – but even mild mannered Clarke Kents must get annoyed with this hobby…..Let me describe what is going on…
I live in a village that throws up evidence of every major epoch in British pre-history. I have evidence of prehistoric, Iron Age and Roman occupation. Furthermore I know there are nearby early Saxon settlements and I know for sure that the village from a historical stand point goes back to least Norman times. However…..and this is where my angst comes from…… I am just not finding the type of coinage and artefacts that I should be.
Trust me, I have read widely on the subject and believe my technique with a detector is ok (I have taken on board some recently read tips from Norfolk Wolf on the subject). I research my sites well, and target my outings to places and features where there should be more vidence than I am finding…..BUT…and this is where I am getting annoyed, I know categorically there should be more finds than I am picking up.
Taking a deep breath this is probably due to:
- Sweeping to fast
- Discriminating too widely
- Being too fussy on the signals I chose to dig
2) Soil conditions
- Not a lot I can do about this one I guess, but the clay soil of this area, when not covered in snow, is usually waterlogged, or if we get two days of continuous sun shine baked harder than a Saharan camel turd.
- I get out every other weekend I guess for about 2-3 hrs, and reading about other hobbyists they seem to spend a day on a field so perhaps – perhaps – proportionally I find what I deserve to in the window of time I have available to me
Those factors considered, I guess my haul of artefacts and coins is “ok”. But I know that there must be more hammered coins out there, and I am confident in the locations I am looking for them. Why then am I not finding more? In 2 years I have one cut silver penny and one Elizabethan shilling. Don’t get me wrong I am grateful for these wonderful additions to my collection and the insight it provides to the history of the village….but c’mon…..there’s 400 years of occupation between these two finds and somewhere, sometime, someone MUST have lost some more coins! But where?
I guess I am going to have to ask to go on to other fields, but the ones I have been searching by all accounts should be delivering better results….Either that or I am going to have to start really considering how and why I am doing this….