Ancient ... but not a coin! Artifacts thread! Post 'em!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    @TypeCoin971793 's post above jogged a memory. I still have a simple Chinese knife (found it scattered amongst a bunch of Luristan, Marlik spears & stuff on a shelf...). Mine is about 6th Century BC, I think (from memory):
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  3. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    An Islamic spindle weight for making thread. Height is 14mm, diameter 21mm. The decoration is common but the item was highly prized as a tool. I love utilitarian objects but try to stay away from collecting them as I'm still dealing with the fact that I can't collect everything, which doesn't mean I can't have one.

    Really enjoyable story regarding the ring received as a gift. I had something similar happen to me. Started a friendship.

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  4. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the club! :happy: The real problem is knowing when/what to pull the trigger on, & it seems you have learned that already!! :p
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  5. Guilder Pincher

    Guilder Pincher Well-Known Member

    I have this piece of Roman rooftile with a stamp of Legio XXX Ulpia Victrix on it lying around :) 20180427_204935-1172x1110.jpg
  6. PlanoSteve

    PlanoSteve Well-Known Member

    As I expected, this has turned into one FANTASTIC thread. What a brilliant, refreshing change of pace! :happy::happy::happy:
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  7. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    I have loads of things.

    A very rare Luristan or Amlash spear butt:


    Some Italian pottery:


    Of course everyone should own an Egyptian Ushabti:


    A few Bronze Age dipper juglets:


    Late Roman oil lamp with chain and suspension:


    A Dong Song socketed axe:

    A Bactrian necklace and pendant (pectoral, if you like):


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  8. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Someday I want to get one. Yours are fabulous!
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  9. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member too TIF..i've bid on'em bookoo times in the past but always got outbided..:p..(we'll need'em in the afterlife, but i'd like one now:woot:)
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  10. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    you got some kool stuff @Ken Dorney
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  11. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Ahhh. Found you deacon ray. I received your coins yesterday. My first. Never knew they're that small. God bless you and your flock
  12. Deacon Ray

    Deacon Ray Biblical Kingdoms Supporter

    LOL! Yes, most ancient Judaean coins are not as big as the ones we see in the movies. A lot of them are no larger than the fingernail on your little finger. Actually, the largest Judaean coin produced was the 8-prutot denomination which was approximately the size of a U.S. Quarter. When you actually hold a "Widow's Mite" in your hand it really makes the Biblical account more meaningful. Imagine that the Widow's entire earthly wealth consisted of 2 fingernail sized coins. I'm glad you received them Cheech.

    I hope you continue to collect ancient coins! If you'd like some examples of larger denominations to show your grandkids, I'd suggest going to the VCoins site and purchasing a Roman sestertius coin—many of them are not too expensive. Those are huge by comparison to the Judaean prutah coins. In fact I'm going to follow my own advice and expand my sestertii collection also.
  13. Black Friar

    Black Friar Well-Known Member

    It takes time and more than a few mistakes. Such as selling too many, and keeping too few. Of course, we can't take them with us when we die. We have artifacts because people did indeed try taking them with them and they stayed in the grave.
    What fun.
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  14. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    fibula  Vroeg La Tène-fibula (La Tène I) 4e-3e eeuw vóór Chr.2.JPG fibula La Tène-fibula (La Tène I) 4e-3e eeuw Chr.1
  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    You can't get much more ancient than fossils, unless we stray into rockhound territory!

    That's a Great White shark fossil, unless I'm much mistaken. White shark teeth have the serrations, like the much larger and chunkier Megalodon teeth do, whereas the similar looking Isurus hastalis (extinct Mako) teeth usually if not always lack serrations, as I understand it.

    Here are some snapshots I took while finding a 5-25 million year old I. hastalis fossil in situ, on a remote rural road near my house.

    That outing took place a year ago yesterday. I should go take another walk out there. The skeeters and gnats are getting more active now, but it has been gorgeous lately.

    Any of y'all wanna come visit the Golden Isles, I can take you out to some of these fossil sites. They're fun because no special tools, skills, experience, or equipment are necessary- the fossils are right there on dry land, and partially or fully exposed by the elements. All you need is a sharp eye to spot 'em peeking out of the sand. Some kids are quite adept at this, so it's a family-friendly pastime.

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  16. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    PS- before you get me off the fossil diversion and we return to artifacts, allow me to show you this incredible C. Megalodon tooth a local buddy of mine found.

    Those are adult hands in the picture.


    This is an exceptional example on three fronts.
    • It is enormous. Well over 6 inches slantwise.
    • It is virtually pristine, aside from some minor loss to one corner of the root.
    • It is a pathological, meaning there is healed damage to the tooth on both sides, from when the shark bit down on something too crunchy, like a whale bone. Yes, these giant sharks preyed on whales!
    These teeth have been found embedded in fossil whale bones, and the presence of fossil whalebone fragments on a site is how I know where to pay close attention.

    This is what a shark tooth with a four-figure price tag looks like, folks.

    I've found some Megs myself, but nothing like that.
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  17. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Thanks Rob! Yeah, I had forgotten that it was determined as a Great White. My wife found it when we used to frequent Morehead City, NC several times a year.
    Wish I found this little serrated tooth there, but I did get this one at a fair price for the cool factor to show my Grandkids:
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    Raptor - Theropod Dinosaur tooth Veloceraptor 75m-71m yrs ago

    I love the Southern Coast from NC Outer Banks to your Golden Isles... been to much of it. Regrets that I live in Yankee-land again, and have to get "excited" about the Great Lakes. :)

    How about some slingshot stones:

    Roman Sling Stone 200 BCE - 400 CE Almond Shaped PB lead 34x14mm 42.4g.JPG
    Roman Sling Stone 200 BCE - 400 CE Almond Shaped PB lead 34x14mm 42.4g

    Roman Sling Stone 200 BCE - 400 CE Almond Shaped PB lead 37x14mm 41.2g.JPG
    Roman Sling Stone 200 BCE - 400 CE Almond Shaped PB lead 37x14mm 41.2g

    Or the REAL Foundation of the Roman Empire: CONCRETE!
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    Rome ISCA Legio II Augusta 75-300 CE Caerleon Concrete 2 pcs 26x21mm ea
  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    I thought that concrete chunk was another piece of æs rude, at first! :hilarious:
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  19. SeptimusT

    SeptimusT Well-Known Member

    Here's a new acquisition that's been soaking in distilled water for the past few weeks due to some minor bronze disease (the remaining green splotches are hard mineral deposits). It's a Roman British bust of Minerva, and I believe it was probably intended to be worn; there's a hole through the crest of her helmet, presumably for a string, although it could have been attached somehow from its concave back.

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  20. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    That put a smile on some lucky detectorist's face, I'll bet.

    That's great. If I lived over there I'd have my feet and hands in the mud all the time.
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  21. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Working like crazy to pay for the lazy Supporter

    I've been waiting to post a couple new, AMAZING acquisitions to this thread. I got these for my Wife for our Anniversary. We collect many things, and old glass bottles are among her favorites, but these are her first ancient examples. @Ken Dorney sold them to me, (thank you, Ken, it was a home run!) I believe both examples are from ancient Roman occupied Judea. Maybe Ken can weigh in on any more info. IMG_0815.JPG This is a pale greenish, grey. The glass feels thick and solid. I like the bubbles that formed when this bottle was blown. IMG_0814.JPG This tiny and VERY delicate bottle is covered in an iridescent, rainbow toning, that is just incredible. It is very fragile and doesn't like to be touched.

    Two bottles, amazing additions to the collection. I thought maybe I would only be able to purchase one, and I was having a terrible time deciding between them. In the end, I got both. My Wife is a very special Lady, and we both thank you, Ken!
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