Anyone here into digging up stuff? Pick up pottery walking through fields? Walking on foreshores looking for trinkets? Watching Alice Roberts skipping through open fields soundtracked by Johnny Flynn? Recording stuff on the Portable Antiquities Scheme? Ever found anything GOOD?
Any good podcasts/TV shows? Any good places you like to search?
I live near the site of an old Roman kiln and fairly regularly pick up bits and pieces and have gone back to Uni this year to study Archaeology so I can get to know a bit more about my local area and maybe one day have a crack at doing a job in something I actually care about.
First topic, so be gentle. Tell me about your historical adventures!
I’ve done it a few times many years ago when I used to be obsessed with wading up the city centre rivers at dawn but never found much of interest. I like digging about in the earth at Pomona - have found lots of tiles that I love there, but again nothing of interest. I love seeing what this guy finds: Login • Instagram
We’re heading down to The Medway this Sunday to look for driftwood, Can usually find plenty of good tiles/pottery around there as it was the site of a busy docks for hundreds of years. Also, the UK’s only wild scorpions
Lovely thread idea. I can’t contribute much as despite The Detectorists kindling a desire in me I’ve not put it into action, definitely interested though.
I did watch the old BBC ghost story adaptation of “A Warning To The Curious” by MR James last night about an amateur archaeologist rooting around for one of the three lost crowns of Anglia and the consequences of finding it which I’d definitely recommend if you’ve not seen it and want some classy chills, the area of Norfolk they filmed in looks beautiful on the screen.
I’d not heard of Valentine’s meat juice. I wondered if there was more to it but no, it is just bottled meat juice.
Life long Time Team fan here, been enjoying the Alice Roberts series as well (that mosaic!!!). Never done any digging or mudlarking myself though, but would love to give it a try or properly study some local History. My manager got to help out at a dig in Orkney when she was on holiday, I was sooo jealous.
Over the past few years while we’ve not really gone on holiday, we’ve frequently gone on day trips to beaches and I’ve mostly spent my time hunting down sea glass, fragments of glass that have been buffeted about in the waves and the sand to become irregular, smooth, dappled pebbles. They look like this:
Almost every beach I’ve been to - sand or pebble - has had a good amount. Most of what I have is green from beer bottles, but I’ve a lovely worn piece which is conical and is almost certainly an old glad bottle stop.
Hunting near old ports of industry has been good too. Some excellent pieces from near Southampton and Portsmouth that have etchings or letters still on them from industrial use.