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Another 'tosheroon' at Beadnell

Ok, so it's not diving but at the moment the vis is, well....seasonal is being polite, crap would be more accurate!

But during a whistful bimble on the Haven beach I found another tosheroon, first thing it was late so no time to do any real excavation, just a quick scratch of the surface which was illuminating. The second thing what is a tosheroon?

I think that the word is relatively new to the dictionary and describes a place where the natural flow of water drops things of a certain size and density. The first time I saw it in use was in a Terry Pratchett novel and it was used to describe areas where the natural flow through sewers dropped coins and the like, I do like his novels and adopted the word to describe similar areas which you frequently find on shore dives and shall dives where tide and wave action shift lead weights into a certain position where the forces aren't large enough to shift them, and you know what? Well every year or after every bad storm you head back to the same spot and pick up another batch of weights which have appeared as if by magic, it's great.

 

In this first photograph you can see that there is fissure in the bed-rock, now normally there is a foot or so of sand here and the heavy metal objects are moved about between the flat rock and the sand until they reach the fissure where they 'drop' down and are held in place until such a time as the sand is temporarily washed away by storms. I am not sure how the photograph will show up in the article, but I am sure that you will be able to see the rusty bits in the foreground, yes before we start most of the bits are iron based and one of the reasons that it is simply not practical to use anything but the best metal detectors when investigating the contents of a north east tosheroon....I stick to a knee pad and trowel!

These 'shore' tosheroons are similar to those which are always underwater but because they are only accessible when the sand has been shifted they tend to hold a larger age spread of 'bits', certainly the age spread of objects found last year would indicate that bits have gathered there for at least hundreds of years. At the end of day one at the new site all I can say is that someone will have been very unhappy back in the day to loose a half crown which by todays values was worth anything between £10 and £50! 

 

 

In this second photograph you can see a couple of the coins that I found, a silver half crown, you can tell by the black corrosion which is silver oxide. The other coin is a later 'silver' coin, which were actually made from a copper/nickel alloy hence the green corrosion caused by the copper leaching out from the alloy. I found a couple of dozen bronze coins, there is a photograph of these in the album which I have set up, simply follow the link!


 

This is the box of 'non-ferrous' stuff which I picked up on the first day, you can see that there is a variety of bits.....there is a badge from a Royal Navy Jacket, not sure of the exact vintage but surely a story to tell! You can maybe make out a pointer directly next to the button from some sort of dialled instrument or potentially a clock although it does seem 'short and dumpy' for a clock but possibly a ships inclinometer. Finally in the bottom left corner is most of a small crushed bronze bell. 

If you want to see the pictures, well have a goodie through the following gallery: http://duo-divers.com/gallery/beadnell-tosheroon-2020#!IMG_6106

When scrattting through the muck in a tosheroon you never know what you will find, last year we found a couple of pieces of anglo-saxon or viking chip carved pieces not intrinsically worth thousands but very interesting. Most of the bits are simply scrap pieces of boat such as tingle nails, clevis rings and the like which are basically scrap, unless you get lucky on an eBay listing but sometimes....who knows there may be something worth serious money or very important to local history!

So don't get too upset looking at the latest storm driven sea, have a walk along the beach and who knows what you might find!

Dive safe

RichW

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