The machines had the 13" x 11" coils attached and set up as follows:
#1, #2 & #3; Déus GMP with a switch to "Fast" when appropriate.
First up was a roughly ploughed field that had a perimiter of level-ish part-rolled ground. Thirty minutes on this patch shows that the area may have been saturated by the other detectorists. To their credit, virtually no metallic items were recovered. However, four pieces of medieval and one Romano-British pottery sherd was recovered.
The second area was a large field with winter wheat growing in one half and the other half was rolled and flat as a pancake.
Again, not many metallic items were recovered with only three Roman grots surfacing and only two pieces of pottery on the surface, one Roman the other C14th.
The rain came in, just as we thought about visiting the third area of interest.
This field is rolled and seeded with the surface showing no sign of any plant growth. The only items recovered here were Georgian.
After a "team" meeting it was decided to vist two permissions a short drive away to ascertain if they had been rolled as of yet.
We got there to find that the two fields we have been eagerly waiting to survey had both been rolled and seeded! We couldn't wait to scan the field we call the "Civil War" field. The adjacent field was beckoning too as we assume that there may be a small market site there as well as Roman connections. We chose to go for the "Civil War" field.
We last surveyed this field when it was in stubble last November. We actioned a "wide area" scope so as to cover the entire 20+ acre field in one day! This produced strong evidence of a Civil War encampment with a number of hammered coins being recovered as well as artefacts from that era. A Roman dupondius was also recovered at that time.
On todays visit we found 5 hammered coins (Elizabeth I to Charles I), a Rose farthing, 3 Roman grots, 2 lead palm-guards, musket balls, buckles, 3 clay pipe bowls as well as three worked flints, a lovely fragment of an Iron Age quern stone as well as a mixture of pottery.
In all, we only covered less than a quarter of the field so we will be going back there at some point in the near future to complete the survey.
Images of all todays recoveries can be seen HERE.