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Historical items discovered in Moorlinch fields
A CIVIL War musket ball, ancient military-style buttons and a 16th century coin have been found in fields in Moorlinch.
Spring Farm in the village has been hosting Morley Howard, founder member of Somerset Artifact Seekers Metal Detecting Club, over the past few months – with some interesting results.
Anne Farmer, who owns the land, said: “We were intrigued and delighted with what he showed us. The oldest item was an Elizabeth I sixpence, clearly bearing the date 1594.
“That coin would have represented a day’s pay for some occupations and I can only hope it was an Elizabethan tycoon who dropped it, not some poor farm worker with a wife and children to support.
“That’s the attraction of handling these re-discovered objects – you can’t help going on a flight of fancy.”
Many other more recent coins were also found, along with a military-style button with a crown in the centre and the words ‘Polden Hills’ around the edge.
There was also a watch winder, a musket ball from the Civil War, a spindle whorl, a 1920s-style lipstick, buckles, badges, a charm bracelet, a thimble, a cartridge case and a pipe-filler.
Mr Howard said: “I knew the road that runs along the back is a prime Roman road. We found some Roman pottery, but because all the items are so varied we are trying to compile a time line.
“I think the oldest item is actually a ‘flint knapp’ which is currently being identified and dated. It may be a hand tool or an arrow head.”
Mr Howard wants to hear from any landowners who would be interested in letting the club do a charity dig.
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