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grumpyjohn

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Helping archeologists
« on: October 09, 2013, 06:00:45 PM »
A couple of weeks ago I was approached by one of the volunteers of a dig at Tantallon castle to say they were looking for a detectorist to go over the spoil heaps. After contacting them by Email I got a reply to say thanks very much but one of the volunteers had a detector and they would do the heaps so I forgot about it. Then last night I received another Email to say they were about to backfill the trenches and was I available to check the soil before it was replaced. I went out this morning and most of the soil was in 1 ton bags so impossible to detect but there were 3 loose spoil heaps so I ran the detector over them recovering 3 iron objects 2 nails, something still in a clod and part of a musket ball. Later the guy from Historic Scotland asked if I would do the bottom of a small trench that was about to be filled in. This I did and found 3 targets 2-3 inches below the bottom which turned out to be a piece of burnt material, a hobnail and a small bit of lead bird shot complete with casting sproule. They were all impressed with a detectors capabilities and agreed it had been worthwhile me going out. Am back tomorrow to help out and hopefully do my bit to make Historic Scotland have a rethink on their attitude towards metal detectorists !!! ;) ;)
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 06:24:04 PM »
A good ambassador for the detecting hobby John  :),  bet you never thought that you would ever get to swing your machine at Tantallon.
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 06:29:13 PM »
You're right Bob. HS have a strict policy about detecting on their land !!!
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013, 06:53:41 PM »
well done john wait till you pull up a coin or artifact for them they will be inviting you to all thier excavations.
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 06:55:01 PM »
Well done John,  sounds like you might get a call from them again to help out
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2013, 12:35:52 PM »
Well done, that man!
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013, 08:40:48 PM »
Well back today sweeping the back fill as it was shovelled into the trenches. A few more nails they missed and TWO complete musket balls. When I dug the first one I was told this was the only ball from that part of the site !! When I dug the second one they were amazed this was also missed during the dig !! I think this alone might help HS to have a rethink on their metal detecting policy!!!!! ;D
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2013, 09:07:06 PM »
Good man John  8), we CAN make a difference as you`ve proved mate :) :)
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2013, 05:47:40 PM »
It's good to see John  ;D
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Re: Helping archeologists
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2013, 08:36:55 PM »
Whistle I was going to work down to the kirkton of mailer road in Perth I came across archeologists working it turned out to be an Iron Age settlement so I had a chat with them it was really interesting stuff  :)