A great day detecting for Rob in Dorset

A long term member ours and regular attendee at digs had an amazing Sunday at our Buckland Newton dig. Rob Cooper found some wonderful artefacts and coins, pictured below. I believe their to be a medieval buckle, two medieval coins, a jetton, sword belt hanger and a whirligig.

Cut quarter on the left, half groat on the right

The rest of his finds from the day

All of Robs finds from Sunday

Well done Rob! Great to see you as always and thankyou for assisting with the parking on Sunday

What is a Whirligig?

whirligig is an object that spins or whirls, or has at least one part that spins or whirls. It can also be a pinwheelspinning top, buzzer, comic weathervane, gee-haw, spinner, whirlygig, whirlijig, whirlyjig, whirlybird, or simply a whirly. They are most commonly powered by the wind but can be hand-, friction- or motor-powered. They can be used as kinetic garden ornaments, and can be designed to transmit sound and vibration into the ground to repel burrowing rodents.

The word whirligig derives from two Middle English words: whirlen (to whirl) and gigg (top),[9] or literally “to whirl a top”. The Oxford English Dictionary cites the Promptorium parvulorum (c. 1440), the first English-Latin dictionary, which contains the definition “Whyrlegyge, chyldys game, Latin: giracu-lum[10] It is therefore likely the 1440 version of whirligig referred to a spinning toy or toys.


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