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1,000 years of history unearthed in Southend field
AN ARRAY of artefacts spanning almost 1,000 years were unearthed during a metal detecting rally.
Just under 50 objects, including coins and farming equipment, were found during the rally inafield near Sutton Road, Southend.
Coins ranging from the time of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius, to Queen Victoria, George V and VI were discovered.
Objects including very old animal bells and a medieval belt accessory were also found on the day.
One very well preserved item uncovered wasahalf crown from the time of Charles I, dated 1636 to 1638.
Some objects were taken away for more investigation to find out their origin.
A possibly medieval vessel spout will be examined by the experts.
Expert Katie Marsden, from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, based at Colchester Museum, accompanied enthusiasts on the rally.
She said: “Judging by the finds, it looks like there was a history of trade in the area.
“Essex is rich with history and we do get finds from a huge range of dates.
“It could be that the area was in use all the time – during the dates we found – or it could have come in and out of use.”
The rally was organised by the Rotary Club of Thorpe Bay and was held in the field, which was kept secret from participants until a few days before it was held.
Nigel Gayner, from the club, said: “The fact they found so many Roman and medieval things seemed fantastic to me, but I’m a novice at this sort of thing.
“We had people who regularly go on this sort of thing and they thought it was pretty standard.
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