Anyway, yesterday I visited Stuart Wyatt, the Finds Liaison Officer (FLO) from the @museumoflondon to check over some recent finds of mine.
Anyone who wants to mudlark or use a metal detector will know they have to have a permit from the @port_of_london_authority to search the Thames Foreshore. This carries with it a set of responsibilities, namely to record & report anything over approx 300yrs old to the FLO.
Stuart is the person who will gently tell you that your piece of Roman shellware pottery is actually London Tarmac circa 1960 😂 and even if you’ve found a genuine Tudor Delft Ware tile it may be too damaged to record 😢
However, yesterday Stuart helped me record my first ever mudlarking find important enough to include on the Portable Antiquities Site (PAS) where it can be seen by everyone.
A few weeks ago I found my first jeton, or token, in among a large clump of Tudor pins on the Thames Foreshore. It’s slightly damaged (see photo) but still with reasonably clear markings of a shield & crest on both sides. Jetons were used instead of money for trade & commercial purposes & were in common use between the 12th - 17th centuries, most were made from lead but some from pewter.
This jeton is from the late Plantagenet period, possibly from the reign of Edward IV (1461- 1483.) The Plantagenets ruled England from 1154 (Henry II) through to 1485 when the last Plantagenet King, Richard III, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August, 1485, by the armies of Henry Tudor. The victorious Henry Tudor became King Henry VII & spawned the Tudor Dynasty.
Richard III’s body disappeared for centuries until discovered on 4 Feb 2013 buried under a car park in Leicester.
So, I’m absolutely chuffed to bits that I’ve got my first historically significant find about to be logged on the PAS website. When this happens your find is temporarily taken away from you for photographing, measuring, recording & further identification but then kindly return it to you a few months later #ChuffedMudlark #mudlark #mudlarking #ThamesEstuary #finds #fragments #treasure #jeton #token #Plantagenets #PAS #MuseumOfLondon #FindsLiaisonOfficer #history #archaeology #London