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Newbeehunter
Hi all thanks for allowing me to join, I'm totally new to fossil collecting I've always been interested but never dug for them until a chance opportunity at work, I'm finding limestone, bricks, pebbles even metal with tiny fossils inside, I'm also finding all kinds of weird and wonderfull stones/pebbles aswell even a hollow one??  if any one can tell me what they are that would be fantastic please I'm not interested in doing this for money but I love the buzz of treasure hunting and with every block I pick up its full of tiny fossils, apologies about pictures I've just learnt I need a magnification camera and measuring devices (ordered) you cant clearly see fossils on the dark stones and hollow pebble and metal but some are there even found the bangle thing amongst other stuff. thank you in advance15936948828058245059324401992178.jpg  15936948022605520880978283731144.jpg  IMG_20200702_132421.jpg  IMG_20200702_132849__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_133907__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_131842__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_132020.jpg  IMG_20200702_133554.jpg  IMG_20200702_133932__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_134120__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_134101__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_131609__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_133825__01.jpg  IMG_20200702_133238__01.jpg  
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Brittle Star
Hi and welcome. The metal could be slag. The bangle definitely needs reporting. Metal detectorists have to declare anything they find.  Not sure about everything else. If you have found a valuable item best not give locality on a post just general area
JW

 Never ask a star fish for directions
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Dirty Pete
Hi,
I see you're in the West Midlands, the fossils I can actually see look like Silurian brachiopods (type of seashell). The pebbles are probably quartzite from the Triassic, the hollows are probably where shells have been dissolved away leaving voids and there's some industrial slag (marked metal), you can see holes left by gas bubbles and Pic 6 (on the left) looks like a piece of glassy slag. Suggest you check out Wrens Nest (Dudley) which is probably the best fossil hunting site in the area.

Pete
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advantage
Hi
The " bangle" is a common find for metal detectorists. I have found many, its more likely a common copper or brass item from farming. It may however, be relatively old,  so of interest to you. So far no one has really managed to profer a positive identification as to their use. Suspect many are nose rings for cattle. Metal detectorists only have to report by law finds that may be treasure trove. Items of Gold or silver. 

Thanks
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Newbeehunter
Amazing thank you ironically I'm not far from wrens nest but never been there, the fossils are on a site I'm working on in the midlands doing security,  entire sites covered with every block full I've damaged large blocks full of fossils by chipping away is there any alternative to chipping as a shame to ruin what looks like art work, also checked the bangle and it's not gold although looked like it,  I must admit I love the excitement of searching for treasure I even found UTOPIA lol written on a broken brick, if I did find gold etc (I wish) who do you report it to also any good guide books or equipment you can recommend for fossil hunting please let me now, I appreciate your responses so big thank you
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Dirty Pete
Sounds like you're guarding 100 years worth of accumulated Black Country industrial rubble with fossils.....
Unless you want to spend a fortune on specialised equipment then chipping is about it. If you find treasure then: https://www.gov.uk/report-treasure-step-by-step
Like I said check out W Nest, here's a leaflet: https://bcgs.info/pub/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/wrens_nest_leaflet_2009.pdf

Pete.
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Chris G
Hi. The bangle may be of interest so you should follow the correct procedure. In the meantime, don't polish it. It's probably not important but best to be sure.
If you think it might fall under the treasure act (Any metallic object, other than a coin, provided that at least 10 per cent by weight of metal is precious metal (that is, gold or silver) and that it is at least 300 years old when found) it should be reported to the local coroner OR you can do this via your local finds liaison officer (FLO). You can find them both on the net and an email with a scaled picture and location will suffice as reporting it. By doing that you will have done all that is required by law.
In the meantime you can try to work out what it's made of using a bit of Greek physics - Archimedes. If you think it feels heavier than it looks you really do need to report it. You'll need some accurate scales, a piece of fine cotton, a light container big enough to suspend the bangle, and some water.
Weigh the bangle in grams and note the weight.
Place the container on the scales with enough water deep enough to cover the bangle.
Tare the scales.
Suspend the bangle by the thread in the water but don't let it touch the bottom - note the weight in grams.
Then divide the weight of the bangle by the weight of displaced water = density.
Look up the density on the following site (divide by 1000 as they are in kilos/m3 whereas your result will be in grams/cm3) https://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/metal-alloys-densities-d_50.html

If you get a figure of ~ 8-9 then it's probably copper or brass and unlikely to be of value.
If you get a figure of 19 ish then please try to stop smiling and double check - (if you get this then by law the coroner needs to know within 14 days of the find. If it's after 14 days don't worry - just report it)

Hope that helps (can't turn off the underlining!)

Chris

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Newbeehunter
Advice well appreciated thank you and will take it all on board, I never realised the black country was so enriched with fossils, today I found what appeared to be a fish?? And lots of large browny white chunks(possibly bone) amongst all other shapes, 
After 5 hours I only covered 6ft of an area filling my entire back seats and realise I'm getting old as i ache from top to bottom lol but I feel it's a shame to leave that kind of history for the machines to crush,  do you experienced hunters leave the little stuff or take the lot?? I have no where to put them but feel I must take them anyway due to the history
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Chris G
When your home gets full to the brim you'll soon learn to be a bit more choosy ðŸ˜„
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Newbeehunter
😂😂😂I'm sorry to say it's full lol I do art as a hobby for charity and I see art in these beauties but yes my house is full now my garden to,  found some nice pieces today fossil only about 3 inch X 2 inch of compacted fossils,  and the white block of crystal like stone, do you now what the white stone is, I'm going to buy a few books to learn as I love it, also found lots of different fossils today all small but different shapes will clean them and post,  and sorry to be a nuisance what's best to dissolve the limestone as so much information on Google, I appreciate the info so thank you  Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20200705_210902__01__01.jpg, Views: 17, Size: 175.42 KB Click image for larger version - Name: IMG_20200704_200947__01__01.jpg, Views: 17, Size: 245.46 KB
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Dirty Pete
The white stone is the mineral Calcite (Calcium carbonate). Hydrochloric acid will dissolve limestone but will also dissolve the fossils as they both are predominantly calcite......

Pete.
 
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Newbeehunter
Thank you I hope one day to be as knowledgeable I'm searching for learning material as we speak 😁
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