Y – 2 – I.D.

Looks are deceiving...What we are trying to achieve here is an Understanding…

We Have Chosen the Roman Period here as an example, but it could be any period in time…

Whether you are an Archaeologist, or a Treasure Hunter using a metal detector, one of the most problematic things has to be how you describe what you have found, even treasure hunters digging through yesterday’s discarded rubbish out on a dump digging trip,IMG_8027 (2) we all have the same problem when you have found an item or artefact that you are unsure off, we all struggle to find out the best way to describe what we have found… & this is where many people fail, especially someone new to the hobby of Metal Detecting, and this is where an item / artefact, is then either discarded or put into a box of “don’t knows

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, let us look at the way we look for answers to our finds, this is a difficult subject because like me, sometimes you have no idea what that lump of metal your holding is, was or if it was anything at all…

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Roman Sestertius

It is these items that need to be addressed as a greater proportion of them are more important than 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, p.a.s. they want to see everything send it into them, & ask for an ID, so why do these items need an ID ? quite simple, the first photo shown with holes looks roman or old, but is in fact part of an 18-/-19th century barrel tap, not roman at all, whereas if you have found a broken piece of metal that looks like a small “-T-” it is quite possible that you have found part of a Roman brooch or you know that a round disc in the scrap bag was once a coin for example, most experienced metal detectorists know a roman coin just by handling them…

There are mh3thousands of coins, but once broken down there are very few coins belong to anyone period & with experience, most coins from various eras can be identified, even if they are blank or just a fragment, a worn roman coin could be classed as a grot, or a broken silver penny may never be assigned to a monarch but it is a silver coin…

This is one of my pet hates, why do people class a worn, broken or blank Roman coin a Grot, these coins deserve more, than being discarded as useless, even the most worn coin should be classed as a good find, as it indicates what we are trying to say here, that any coin or artefact, properly Identified could lead to a potential roman site, & that is why i think it is necessary to identify these broken fragments… because the area or field that produced these finds might just have the possibility of finding further items from the Roman era…  so you can 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…                      End Note

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