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Must be a martyr, this is how i like it! This small section was covered in a foot of sand two years ago until an easterly blast shifted it all out completely. Since then, it only gets a few inches of sand over the clay, but enough to make all the difference as to whether you find something or nothing.

The high winds last week did clear enough off the section to make it worthwhile, but its such a difficult spot. There's the iron, largish cast pieces down to nails etc, very liberally spread as the whole area is where metallics are winnowed into these few yards by tidal movement. The main problem, is the quantity of copper and brass nails/screws from the boats. I don't mind copper but its very difficult to work with these as well as the iron due to the constant tiny vague positive responses. Its the usual discipline for me to do several parallel lines through the length of the patch very slowly. Thereafter, come at right angles across the narrowest part very slowly indeed.

Many of the bits were showing on the surface which helped. Chucked out all iron I could see as per usual, and pocketed the useful scrap bits. Last run here a year or more ago, everything was pretty much on the surface - much easier. Actually, its one of the few times I wish i'd had a 3" coil. However, the small Manti coil with its excellent shape being a key factor, worked really well, but you had to go very, very slowly overlapping all the time from all angles. I have used the D2 9", but you do definitely need the shape of the Manti one to get the best out of the spot, if only the elliptical was available for the D2 as it was for the D1 - a great coil.

It took three hours and a bit to cover the spot as well as I could. The constant ear bashing from ferrous & NF takes it out of you. The reason why I persist in these places, & this one in particular, is the old finds that have come from here. Quite a few hammered, including early foreign ones and other really interesting artefacts. Not many coins turned up but two were of Spanish origin, 1/2 Reales but in poor shape, but I 'm on the scent! Spanish coins are pretty much the epitome of beachcombing. A decent silver watch chain was a surprise, first one I've had here, along with a 6d Cardiff token and a Cornish 'Joan the Wad' likely from a key-ring.

Years ago, the whole area was under heavy tidal scour, but sea defenses have closed off the tidal flow now. Where once big tides cut deep gutters, a whole new sand dune formation has taken root. Still, I will persist in these areas as long as they can be worked productively.
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Good write up, Stu.
6d token has come up well.
Totally different Detecting, to when i used to sand skim.
Has to be small undetected coves, all over undetected.
Good Luck, :thumbsup:
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Well done indeed! I did half an hour on a very unpromising looking beach this morning, which was the best that I could find locally. I didn't get a single decent signal and then gave up and did something useful at home instead. :D
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Well Fred, the furthest I go is about 2 hours away as a rule. Except for occasional trips to other parts of the country.

Most of my hunting is done within an hours run. I do tend to mither spots if they are productive otherwise its my loss. Tough going sometimes, but knowing the places and their particular circumstances generally wins the day as you very well know.

I've added another photo of the total scrap bits. The black pieces on the left are lead slag pieces, likely from ballast of broken up vessels.

Just had a 9ct weigh in of 70g, quite a haul of mostly gemstone rings of no consequence, plus some pendants etc. Pretty good going!
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Always enjoy reading these posts and great photo's. Thanks :thumbsup:
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stupot wrote: Thu Feb 01, 2024 6:04 pm
Just had a 9ct weigh in of 70g, quite a haul of mostly gemstone rings of no consequence, plus some pendants etc. Pretty good going!
That was indeed a good day out! :D

I seldom travel more than 45 minutes away these days. :thumbsup:
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All year laddy!

Sitting on the better carat stuff at the moment.

I know your settee is 2ft higher with the swag in the stuffing :lol:
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It looks like you nailed it? :D :thumbsup:
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After reading that my brain is exploding just thinking about detecting that area. It must give you a headache :o

I am really impressed with how much you managed to extract. Must be really rewarding when you do get a good find but I doff my cap to how long you must detect in the area. Well done :clapping:
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Great write up as always.

That was really hard work, but you made it worth while.

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Now that is dedication. :thumbsup:
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