We visited and old favourite that we hadn't been to for 15 months.
There was a choice of fields, some drilled last year and some that had just been 'worked' ready for drilling with vining peas.
The first field was a over a mile in length and was rolled making it perfect for detecting. However, the signals were very far and few between with thousands of tiny ferrous signals everywhere.
One of the team noticed that one of the other fields had been deep-ploughed and had potatoes in it last year. This year it had winter wheat drilled, with the shoots about 6" in length which was quite short for detecting. The downside was that it was a little too long in most parts for fieldwalking.
This field is 80-acres in size but we knew where the hotspots were located.
Surprisingly, only a couple of pieces of pottery and a few artefacts were recovered. This field had produced some spectacular finds over the years but we noticed on our visit 15-months ago that its 'finds-life' was nearly over as it has been properly 'battered' by us and two farming detectorists that live next to the field.
This shows that even after deep-ploughing, not a lot more exists within reach of our machines. Certainly not worth several hours of driving to get there and back anyhow.
Even so, of the limited number of finds, some of them were quite rare and unusual which sort of made up for the journey.
With 10 Roman coins, fibula fragments and other items, the collection made a half-decent photograph. HD Images can be seen here.