Monday, 1 October 2012

Admirals, Coppers and a Trading weight

Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
On Saturday I ventured up Cissbury Ring on another futile Clouded Yellow hunt. It was a lovely Autumn day with some wind. There were a few Meadow Browns around, plus some Small Coppers, a Small Heath and Red Admirals. I spotted a fox from the bowl at the end of the old rifle range.
On Sunday my detecting club had a dig and I found a 2 ounce trading weight, c.16/17thCentury plus some buckles and buttons and an 1878 penny.
looking south to Shoreham

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Meadow Brown, Maniola jurtina
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta
Red Fox, Vulpes vulpes

This fox saw me while hunting along the slop, then trotted off

Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Small Copper, Lycaena phlaeas
Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus
Sunday's dig:

Trading weight
weight = 53.24g (1.88oz), diameter = 38.7mm, thickness = 6.15mm

Lead trade weights were in common use in the 17th century but were banned in 1834.

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