A Crowning Moment
Most people who detect for coins and relics dream of finding certain rare coins and icon relics and I am no different but I’m now able to cross at least one of them off the list, courtesy of where an old wattle and daub hut once stood.
The story of the first settlers here is that they came out from England but only stayed a short while before returning home. A few years later the English weather must have got to them because they decided to sail back to the colonies and give it another go. This time they stayed.
And for readers unfamiliar with wattle and daub huts, they were simple structures made by making a frame of straight upright timbers stuck in the ground approximately two feet apart. A wicker-like wall was then made from thin wattle sticks by weaving them around the timbers. A plaster-like mixture of chopped straw and well-worked clay that they called pug, was then daubed in layers to fill in all the cracks and bind everything together. They then smoothed it off with a trowel and whitewashed it. I’ve helped a friend make mud bricks and it sounds like a similar principle.
I had no idea of where to start detecting as the only evidence a dwelling had ever been there was the presence of an old fig tree and an old willow tree, so I started to zigzag between the trees to maximise my chances of locating something.