Steve, Rob and I arrived at a permission that we thought was unobtainable.
No, not the stuff they were mining for in Avatar!
Ironically, whilst detecting last week on a permission gained in January, a Land Rover pulled up and out jumped the farmer who appeared suprised about us being on the land he was renting. The landowner hadn't told him we were coming!
Anyway, after talking him through who we were and our strategy he was fine. He did say that if it wasn't for our professional approach the landowner would have knocked us back as they weren't too keen on detectorists. I quickly siezed the chance to ask him about his farm as there was evidence of Roman activity there. He said there was no problem.
I asked if we needed to ring him beforehand and he said "no... just turn up"!
New Survey Site
So, we turned up and parked at another permission as it was easier to cut through this farm to reach our intended field.
As usual the Déus' were set at standard GMP with GB set to "Tracking" for Rob and manual for my machine.
Small coils were used as we expected some ferrous contamination and the ground to be heavily mineralised.
The field is forty acres in size and has OSR that was about 3 inches in height. We carefully chose a section (section B) to survey first that we thought may have a settlement in situ.
Signals were few and far between with bits of lead and just one dupondis being the only Roman item in this section. Some pre-decimal silver emerged and several "hot rocks" were detected showing signs of ancient activity there.
After lunch we then moved to the next section (section A) and straight away we started to find Roman coins. It wasn't long before a lovely Roman disc brooch with yellow and blue enamel was recovered then a Roman decorative belt slider with bright red enamel.
A large ingot of lead was recovered and some unfortunate soul had to lug it around for a while!
We covered less than half the field which is quite fast for us.
There's probably another 25 acres to survey if we don't get distracted by the permission next door. We'll have to have a Skype conflab to discuss the next move.
The permission next door where we parked has three large fields that are now rolled and seeded so we may be tempted to have a look there on our next sorty!
The link to the recoveries on the day can be seen here.