It is amazing what history lies within a few meters of your front or back door. Over the decades a normal garden bed or lawn seems to collect a very representative collection of items for its age. This time I had a chance to detect a small front lawn of a 1940s house which had been untouched since it had first been built. This lawn was only 3.5 metres by 5 metres, but contained a very interesting assortment of metal objects. I also managed to detect under the front steps, which is normally another find-rich area always worth investigating.
From the usual pre-decimal silver and copper coins, to a lead soldier and donkey, to a very old and ornate brooch, you just never know what is a few inches under the soil. With the correct digging techniques you wouldn’t even know you had been there.
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