Not much has changed here in the Stout house or for that matter in the Lone Star State. Currently going through the annual “are you shitting me” category on the “Stout Scale” and suspect it will be awhile till I get out beeping. I know some of you can take the heat but ole ‘Dallas Dick’ cannot. In the meantime I am keeping cool reading, writing and going to the movies.
You’all get going. I’ll catch up to you later!
John Howland did send me the following update and I wanted to post it up before the weekend. Hope you all get out find some treasure (as in anything that will piss off an arkie). Later….
MY ROMAN COIN UPDATE
Some of you might remember that some time back while beachcombing I found a Roman coin? Well, after a lot legwork it turned out to be a Dupondius (Latin two-pounder) of Domitian, a brass coin used during the Roman Empire and Roman Republic valued at 2 asses (1/2 of a sestertius or 1/8 of a denarius), and probably shows Fortuna the goddess of fortune and personification of luck in Roman religion, on the reverse.
Dupondius Domitian (obverse left/reverse right)
Though she might bring good luck or bad: she could be represented as veiled and blind, as in modern depictions of Justice, and came to represent life’s capriciousness. The dupondius was introduced during the Roman Republic as a large bronze cast coin, although even at introduction it weighed less than 2 pounds. The coin featured the bust of Roma on the obverse and a six-spoked wheel on the reverse. Though not in the best condition, being the best part of 1,800 years old, it represents a rare piece for the particular area, and maybe an important piece in the local archaeological record owing to its find spot. I shall carry it as a good luck token. In the hope it leads me to buried gold.
It shows, yet again, the value of metal detectors in heritage research. I am keeping the record of its find for future referral.
Financial value? Not a lot.
John Howland, somewhere in a pub, on the Southern coast of England…
DIVA’S LATEST IS WORTH A READ!
I always enjoy reading Allyson Cohen’s “Detecting Diva” blog but her latest update is terrific and I highly recommend you read it. She offers up a lot of good information that will get your brain working and juices flowing….
Those Elusive Cellar Holes
ANOTHER GROUP THAT A CERTAIN-PSEUDO ARCHAEOLOGIST BETTER START TROLLING
French Builders Steal 1.2 Million in Buried Treasure
DON’T LET LOOKS FOOL YOU
Run Down Shack Yields Unexpected Find
LET ME THROW OUT A CHALLENGE
WWATS has now pushed back the unveiling of their “new” website until September 15th. It was supposed to be up May 15th and they have been pushing it back, supposedly because they are having trouble getting their old content moved to the new site. Come on WWATS…most of the information you have up now is not worth saving. It’s old, as in ancient. Likewise the FMDAC’s “New” link will take to you November of last year (nothing new on their Facebook page either).
Let me suggest both groups get together with the Task Force, pool your resources, become one, find officers who have more time to deal with things, charge $50 a year for membership and start being more visible and more active. Otherwise pack it in, dissolve your groups and call it a day because all you are doing at this point is wasting time trying to pretend you can make a difference.
Finally, if detectorists balk at paying $50 a year you are all wasting your time. It will take money to be successful and if tekkies can spend $1,000 to $2,000 for a detector they damn well can afford $50 to support their hobby.
Okay done venting….
“If life is a waste of time and time is a waste of life, lets all get wasted and have the time of our lives.”