Gold plated engolpion found in the woods! (photos, price+)
My fellow detectorists rarely detected the fields this season, but you may ask why? Did they lose interest in field detecting, or was it something else? The answer was pretty simple: they moved on to search in the woods. The forest is a place that is difficult to fully “clean” with a metal detector – Bushes and trees prevent you from detecting everywhere, and in the summer you get quickly annoyed and tired by mosquitoes. And in addition if the forest is huge, then it will not be celaned for finds until after several years of detecting.
And sometimes you find amazing finds in the woods too. Just recently a digger found a small cross 27×35 mm dating back to the Kievan Rus.
After cleaning the find from age-old dirt, it became clear that this was not an ordinary cross, but it was a partly gold plated engolpion!
Such engolpions are very rare, and to find at least one is a great success.
This cross unfortunately turned out to have some losses. On one side it started to crumble.
The next day, the digger went back to the same place in the forest. After wandering around and digging all the signals he got, he found even more objects dating back to the kievan rus, but nothing really special like the cross.
How much can such a cross be sold for? The detectorist did not know the answer to this question, so he put out his find for a low starting price.
152 people watched the bidding, but there was only 7 bidders, and the final price of this artifact got to $ 750.
Do you detect in the woods? I will be happy to hear your stories! All the stories about good finds I gather here!