I have recently had the UK Detector Finds Database (UKDFD) pointed out to me, so scurried over for a peruse, how I haven’t come across the database previously is beyond me, given the history of the site.
The Mission Statement reads:
The UK Detector Finds Database (UKDFD) is a hobby-based initiative, which has the following aims:
To promote a recording ethos within the hobby and encourage those detectorists who would not otherwise record their finds to do so by making use of the UKDFD self-recording facility
To bring about an increase in the number of detectorists recording their finds, and the overall number of items that are recorded
To make available a facility and encourage the recording of post c.1650 finds, many of which are not eligible for inclusion on the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) database
To provide an easy-to-use and supportive self-recording environment for detectorists, which employs the latest technology and methods of communication
To make the UKDFD database accessible as an internet resource for the identification and research of items recorded, and to preserve that information for the benefit of future generations.
A fantastic database, especially given the amount of post c.1650 finds and assistance in identification. Yes there’s social media, but The UK Detector Finds Database (UKDFD) is a first class tool for all detectorist’s and those looking to learn and gather information on identification.
Click on the links throughout to take you to the database and watch the short advertisement for the site below. Kudos to the developers.