We arrived at one of our old-time favourites and original sites, codenamed WH. Dawn was just breaking and according to our weather application we had 7hrs 27mins of daylight to play with, an increase of 5 minutes on our last outing! At least the days are now going the right way for everyone.
We chose to start the day on the smallest field that was drilled with winter wheat. Starting at the eastern edge we decided to move inwards (west) following the drilled wheat lines. We were using GMP standard mode as usual with the 13" coils.
As we set off there were quite a lot of ferrous signals, some larger than small nails. The first signal recovered after two minutes was a stater of the Corieltauvi tribe! Rob's answer to this was something on the lines of "get lost, I think you're kidding me"..... that was the edited version to comply with good etiquette and forum rules.
We thought that his either bodes well or it's going to be the "kiss-of-death". The latter became evident. All was not lost however as eight Roman coins were recovered and a hammered penny of Henry III in quite good condition.
Amongst other finds were musket balls, buckle fragments and a small amount of pottery.
We returned to the SV for lunch and spotted the landowner chopping firewood. We went over and re-acquaited ourselves as it was about three years ago since I actually shook hands with him last. He informed us that his son (a doctorate in archaeology) was home later in the day and would be very pleased to see us.
We finished the day with a visit to the farmhouse and were warmly invited in with Christmas greetings and firm handshakes. Being Christmas there were quite a few people in the kitchen (as there are at parties) and all were very curious about the finds that we had recovered.
They were amazed to be able to actually touch something nearly two thousand years old .......and be the first to do so.
We were very fortunate to meet both sons and the atmosphere was brilliant. Both said that they were pleased to help us in any way possible with other aspects of our quest for the gathering of future history. Now that's a term of pure contradiction!
We left with lots of aspirations and visions of what 2017 may hold.
There are several projects in store for the New Year and may involve some forum members.
Hopefully, not as many greatly loved stars may depart in 2017 and will still be with us! After all, two-thirds of ELP are now no more and others such as David Bowie will be sadly missed.
Happy New Year to all!
HD images of the days recoveries can be seen here.