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Old 10-07-2019, 06:20 PM
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On the 8th September 2019 I found a small artefact which I guessed at the time was a silver ear scoop of the medieval period, AD1500-1650.

The overall design of the the artefact had a 'barley-sugar' twisted shaft with a teardrop-shaped concave spoon which reminded me I had found a something with the twisted 'barley-sugar' shaft look about it in the past but with a pointed bit on the end of it.

Going through my finds photograph file I discovered that in September 2017 I had indeed found a small silver artefact which I was sure may have been a tooth pick.

So what are the odds of finding the two bits in a 20 acre field with a 9inch coil 2 years apart?

Thanks for looking.........Doug.

The original photograph from September 2017 of the tooth pick?


The ear scoop photograph from 8th September 2019


The two pieces side by side photographed today.
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Old 10-07-2019, 06:24 PM
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Good research Doug!! It pays to keep a photo file of your finds!

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Old 10-08-2019, 02:38 PM
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Good research Doug!! It pays to keep a photo file of your finds!
Thanks Ron although I did have to go through a lot of photographs to find the one I wanted!
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:47 PM
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You wouldn't want to get the two ends confused. Ack!

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Old 10-08-2019, 03:31 PM
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odds are 100%. you found them.

Statistically speaking, anyway.

Probability of a future occurance? Remote.

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Old 10-08-2019, 05:00 PM
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amazing once again

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Old 10-08-2019, 05:02 PM
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Well done!!!!

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Old 10-08-2019, 07:25 PM
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I think they call that the hat trick! Amazing.

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Old 10-08-2019, 11:03 PM
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Great find Doug! Another way to look at it: What are the odds that the two pieces would be anywhere near one another after 500 years of plowing?

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Old 10-08-2019, 11:09 PM
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The odds, the odds, what could they be?
Considering Doug is behind the coil, the odds are pretty darn good!
I have to say that it would be more likely to find a needle in a haystack (without using a detector)

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Super exciting to find both pieces of something that old that could have been easily never to be found! Neat find !
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:33 AM
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So it's a silver medieval toothpick/Q-tip? Wow, awesome Doug, congrats!

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Than you for kind comments and views.

Personally I think very little skill was involved and it was just luck that I walked over the second piece of the toilet artefact on that day.

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Originally Posted by Doug View post
Than you for kind comments and views.

Personally I think very little skill was involved and it was just luck that I walked over the second piece of the toilet artefact on that day.

...Doug.
oh heck no. I know that isn't true. There is a LOT Of skill involved. Do you know how many people leave stuff behind when they detect, because they don't think it's worth digging? The skilled ones know how to find the good stuff.

Sure, there was an element of chance to it, but once you got the coil over the object, at that point, it was 100% skill...

Congrats!!!

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Originally Posted by Skippy SH13 View post
oh heck no. I know that isn't true. There is a LOT Of skill involved. Do you know how many people leave stuff behind when they detect, because they don't think it's worth digging? The skilled ones know how to find the good stuff.

Sure, there was an element of chance to it, but once you got the coil over the object, at that point, it was 100% skill...

Congrats!!!

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Thank you Skippy for your vote of confidence in me but there again 2 gold coins in one day from one field really must be luck..........?



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Old 10-10-2019, 09:27 AM
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Amazing that you found the two pieces, great spot!

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