Death to the Makers of Aluminium Bottle Tops
Dear Reader, wouldn't you agree that aluminium bottle tops are among the most vile and hateful things in life?
What? You don't have a very passionate relationship to these little metallic pests? Then I must enlighten you.
I'm writing this sitting on my haunches in a field in Östergötland. I've spent the day metal detecting, and never before have I done so much digging in vain. Bottle tops. All over the fookin' place.
Many metal detectors, including my own, tell the user what sort of metal a buried object is made of, using a tone of varying pitch. Iron is heralded in basso and baritone, lead in a strident tenor, and then there's the dulcet tones of the alto and soprano. These ladies announce the presence of metals we like: copper alloys such as brass and bronze, precious metals such as silver and gold -- and the hell-spawned aluminium. Oh, Les Baux, so much to answer for!
Metal detectors are tuned to react strongly to thin and wide things, such as coins, brooches, buttons and bottle tops. This means that a silver coin and a bottle top sound pretty much the same. Aargh and gaah, as it is often said.
Kenth actually found a 17th century silver coin this morning. Then he and Tim went home to their lady wives, leaving me in a beeping desert of bottle tops.
Evil, evil beyond description is the bottle top. I'm sticking it out for a few more hours.[More blog entries about aluminium, metaldetecting, archaeology, Sweden; aluminium, metallsökare, arkeologi.]