This is the 48 acre field drilled with winter wheat in which we recovered 38 Roman coins and 174 Romano-British pottery sherds on 5th December.
The three XP Déus machines were fitted with the 9" coils and set up as follows; standard GMP mode and Ground Balance in the "Tracking" mode.
We started from where we left off last and it wasn't long before a few Roman coins and a couple of RB sherds appeared.
Again, the coins were being recovered at a very shallow depth indeed as most were actually on the surface. The deepest coins were only ONE to TWO inches deep! The green waste however was coming up from a variety of depths.
During our final run down the field we met up with the landowner and his wife, along with their two dogs. This was the very first time that we'd actually met the landowner himself. The meeting was very cordial and he very kindly suggested other areas of interest that we may like to survey. This included lots of pasture that we hadn't accounted for. Parts of the pasture covers a deserted medieval village (DMV) and land surrounding two old halls.
One of the suggested areas has evidence of a Roman shrine and this is next on the list when we visit over the Christmas period. With the amount of interesting areas on this permission the other permissions we had lined up for survey may have to wait until harvest 2016!
We finished the survey with 46 Roman coins, a medieval decorated strapend buckle and dress hook, 27 sherds of pottery, mainly Roman with 6 being possibly medieval.
We de-robed and had a quick look at an 8 acre field that has just been drilled with winter wheat. A sherd of Roman Grey Ware and three sherds of medieval pottery were recovered so this field may have potential too.
We called in at the farmhouse for a catchup on the day's finds.
Once again we were warmly welcomed into the large rustic kitchen and chatted about other areas that may be of interest.
We were shown a Tudor brick that has canine paw prints embedded into it.
Whether this is a fox or pet dog, who knows.
Apparently, a close member of the family is an archaeologist and in the employ of The British Museum and would be very interesting in meeting us.
This is planned for the 28th December, weather permitting.
We experimented with the new GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition so when I've time I'll be checking the footage and uploading the video.... watch this space!
Images of the days recoveries can be seen here.