I have just done a long post on this thread. So long that while doing it the system logged me off the forum so it was lost
So I will try again and keep submitting then editing, as at "supid o'clock" I doubt if many will see it before I have finished anyway.
Guppy and myself attended this event today (Saturday).
Due to some negative and cynical posts on the thread I would like to give an update, and those that know me will confirm that I am cynical!.
It was a last minute decision to go to this event. So like the OP I tried the link provided, and it failed. So I contacted Samantha on FB late
on Friday night and she could not have been more helpful.
The event was run by a FB group "North Wales - Metal Detecting" and the about page says -
"Brand new detecting group for 2019
Feel free to make discussions show your finds ask for advice etc make buddies to go out with.
Once we have established group I will organise so digs on some permissions we have."
Samantha is an admin.
First issue raised on this thread was that the link did not work. I had the same problem!. This seems to be because the FB group is a closed group. Samantha quickly added me to it and I could then see all the details for the event, including a map of the site.
She will look into this.
As for the "pay up front via paypal" this ensured your place. Nearer the time they allowed "pay on the day" but if you had used paypal it guaranted your place and if the event had sold out pay on the day would not have been allowed. Very logical.
As for the time of year this is all on grass pasture with sheep, so crops are not an issue, nor is the length of grass because as Koala said "the 4 legged mowers" ensured it was not too long.
With it being a Bank Holiday making it a weekender was also logical, and the event had both toilets and running water.
The cost was also raised, to me £10 per day seemed very cheap (but I know that costs vary around the country). However this is NOT a commercial set up and ALL the money goes to the landowner. Unlike a lot of £15/£20 events where only £10 goes to the land owner.
"the Fort and surrounding area is a scheduled monument ?" was said, I did not check but I suspect and hope that it is. However the map clearly showed that it was very close to the fort but not on it.
I am willing to be corrected but hopefully the above has explained and clarified all the issues raised.
As for the day itself.
It could have been sign posted, myself and another couple of detectorists spent 30 minutes driving around in circles
. I was told "The signs kept falling off!". A local also said that in that area a post code covers a large area (I had worked that out!). Anybody knowing the area and using the map could have found the exact location OK but for "outsiders" it was not easy.
As for the briefing before detecting .... I have no idea due to the above!.
But when I arrived the marshal explained where we could detect.
Samantha and the marshals, one wearing a "First Aider" high viz top were all very friendly.
There was masses of ground for everybody (I think 52 on FB said "attending" and others "maybe", but this was over the weekend and some would have attended on one day only (there were less than that there on Saturday)). In total there were 150 acres, some of which had been held back for Sunday. Certainly a lot better than on most "commercial" digs.
As for finds it was obvious to everybody who even glanced at the map that this was rather "out in the wilds" so you would not be "tripping over finds" and that was confirmed by earlier post from locals in this thread. So the Roman Fort was the attraction (why do you think I went?).
I only spoke to some of the detectorists so do not know the full story, however I am aware of the following:-
A Roman fibula.
A selection of Roman coins (although those that I saw were in very poor condition).
Some "Very nice (Roman) pottery"
At least 4 hammered coins (I suspect slightly more), and the James I (tbc) shilling I saw was nice.
Lots of Georgian / Victorian / unidentified coppers.
Several milled silvers.
Buckles and all the normal "Odds and sods".
As for Guppy and myself.
He had a small hammered, fair condition by detecting standards, and a 1837 William IV groat (not that the young whippersnapper knew that there was a 4 pence coin) which I really liked.
As for me?. Come on play fair folks!. It was potentially a Roman site, you could go to a monastry in Outer Mongolia and mention Roman finds and my name and the monks would roll around on the floor laughing because everybody knows I NEVER find Roman, so my best was a QEII sixpence.
So to the bottom line.
Do I trust this group .... YES.
Will I go with them again .... YES (but due to a 4 hour drive each way probably have to tie it in with something or make at least a few days in the area).
Do I think the dig was value for money .... YES, despite my limited finds.
really good to meet you today and talk.
I hope you do not mind me stealing your thunder with those finds, but I wanted to respond to this thread. Do please put up photos of that hammered as I am certain that you will get a full ID of the monarch and date (to at least a narrow range) and probabaly a bit more information.
Do get a copy of "Spinks", the book I showed you. No need for the current version as one a couple of years old can be got for only a few pounds. They are great for helping get IDs but also contain lots of very valuable background information.