|A budding archaeologist in the making.|
On arriving home from work late on Sunday night I did what I usually do and log onto my favourite metal detecting forum to read all about the days finds. I always think Sundays are the most popular detecting days where most detectorists are able to get out swinging and there is always an array of great finds to drool over. Well, this past Sunday was no exception, plenty of great finds made by many, but there was one find that really stood out, a Roman Hoard. A detectorists dream find of a large Roman Urn filled with Roman coins. What a find.
After reading about this hoard find I knew it wouldn't stay up on the forum for very long because once the archaeo-bloggers got wind of it they would play the usual 'The despoiling of Britain's archaeological record' and 'The destruction of context' cards. I was right, first thing in the morning the post on the forum was gone and a anti-metal detecting blog near you was ripping the story to shreds. How they can call it the destruction of our heritage is beyond me, this find has added to our heritage. If these detectorists never found this hoard it would still be buried in the ground oblivious to all.
Here's a point, what if the farmer decided to do a deep plough and hit the Urn scattering its contents all over the field. Would the archaeo-bloggers scream and stamp their feet then. After all the urn would be destroyed and any 'context' surrounding the Urn would be obliterated. At least the detectorists here who found this hoard kept everything intact, now if the archaeologists want they can go in and examine the pit with their tiny cake slicers.
That aside and getting back to the hoard find which was found on a club dig, the way the story was told and the great photos that were shown made me think that the finders ought to be congratulated. In my eyes they did everything the right way that most most of us would have done. They carefully excavated the Urn taking great care not to damage it and took some amazing photos of the procedure. The FLO was informed so the find was recorded and another piece of our heritage recorded for future generations.
Well done lads, a great find and something most of us only dream about.... even archaeologists.