Metal detecting in the Upper Wreake

Phil Harding, metal detectorist, will give a talk on ‘Metal detecting in the Upper Wreake: insights from detailed recording’ at the Hoby & District Local History Society on Wednesday May 15th, 7.30pm, Hoby Village Hall. LE14 3DT. All are welcome; the price for non members is £2.00 (pay on door) or visit
Phil has been metal detecting in Leicestershire for almost 30 years, working the fields alone and supporting formal archaeological investigations. He has recorded 2,700 objects on the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, with the greatest possible detail captured for everything. In this talk examples will be given of spatial and temporal analysis to demonstrate the insights that thorough recording of finds can bring. These include evidence for shifting settlement patterns, changing activity over time, and some special objects with their own story to tell.
Phil’s background is in Biology and he retired from the Environment Agency two years ago after 40 years as a professional scientist. However, over the years metal detecting has drawn him into a deep fascination and involvement with Archaeology.
The Hoby & District Local History Society is a voluntary organisation. The Society brings together people from all walks of life who are interested in the local history of the Leicestershire villages of Hoby, Rotherby, Ragdale and Brooksby and the District around them. The society was founded in 2013.