One of the things I’m glad I don’t have is the completist or collector gene — but that doesn’t mean I don’t put a lot of sentimental value on objects. Above all, I hate losing things. Leaving a pen behind somewhere drives me nuts, and heaven help me if it’s something actually important. I feel tremendously guilty for some reason.
A few days ago, the British Museum announced the release of Lost Change, this handy online visualisation tool where you can view the locations of coins of different periods discovered by metal detectorists and turned in to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. It’s pretty neat — you can sort them by period, search for coins of a particular ruler, look for the locations of mints, compare density of coin finds by NGR, and lots of other stuff. Use the period bar at the top, though, not the one on the left. I kept clicking on that thing like a fool.
But all I can think about is thousands and thousands of pissed-off Anglo-Saxons bitterly regretting their clumsiness.*
*Actually, coin deposition is complicated and probably isn’t just things falling out of people’s pockets, but includes hoarding blah blah blah.