A snapshot of ancient UK history

The one thing lockdown has allowed us to do, is to spend more time going through and sorting old finds out, something I myself have been undertaking. With this in mind I thought I would share a few with you.
All my searching is done on ancient roman and medieval fields be it arable or pasture and of course with my trusty XP metal detector, in the form of the Deus. It ticks all the boxes being versatile, switch on and go should you wish if you’re a beginner, and of course extremely light important if like me if you’re out for most of the day. For the more experienced user it is important to be able to change settings easily in order to adapt to the ground conditions you’re searching.

Bronze age spear tips and dagger blades
Bronze age spear tips and dagger blades

Some of these finds were found with the original stock coils it came with, the 11” and the 9” and then  the round HF coil and then the larger X35 came on to the market and for me at least they never left the stem of my machine, my programs are predominately the Sonar and lately the Pitch 101, see Gary’s tutorials.

Paul out with his XP Deus testing the Pitch 101 program
Paul out with his XP Deus testing the Pitch 101 program

As I am sure most of you do we follow Gary’s video tutorials from his own YouTube channel along with the XP YouTube channel between the 2 you will find all that you need to become at one with your XP, be it the Deus or the Orx. Personally I learn more from listening and watching than any book or manual.

I have also had the good fortune to have had a few trips out with Mr B on some of my permissions, I remember one time I had a field that was so frustrating, I knew there were targets but I could noy connect, with a couple of simple adjustments Gary set up my Deus to deal with the high Iron and more important very difficult ground conditions.
Detecting with the experts video – Setting up your XP Deus for difficult ground.

Bronze age Awls which were used for scribing onto surfaces such as wood, bone and metal
Bronze age Awls which were used for scribing onto surfaces such as wood, bone and metal

The photos above are off Bronze Age artefacts found over several years from different sites. They include a Dagger blade almost complete, several blades and arrow/spear tips, 3 broken Axe heads sadly, one day I will find a complete example (picture 1). Also a selection of bronze Awls used for working wood or leather.

Roman brooches found with an XP Deus
Roman brooches found with an XP Deus

Working the Roman sites as I mostly do I have found my fair share of personal jewellery in the form of brooches?  A section of which is shown. Artefact floats my boat more than coins as they are much more personal. I particularly like the face plate brooch in the centre and the Birdlip to the left of it, just imagine how they looked when knew, shiny like gold being made of bronze as they are, instead of the patina they have acquired having being laid in the ground as they were for almost 2,000 years.

Roman Fibulae brooches and disc brooches
Roman Fibulae brooches and disc brooches

One of my favourite finds has to be the Roman lead mask, this is a once in a lifetime find and it reminds me why I go out metal detecting, or should I say saving history.

A rare lead Roman mask
A rare lead Roman mask

I hope you have enjoyed looking at a snapshot of our ancient history here in the UK.

Stay Safe….Paul.