The research showed that there may be evidence of Roman or Medieval activity.
The weather was okay when we arrived at 11am.
The stubble was very soft and the soil was fantastic, being quite sandy.
What a change it was not to have spades, wellingtons and pin-pointers covered in sticky mud!
Only 4 Roman coins were recovered with only 2 of them identifiable.
We couldn't see any pottery as we only had about 5% visibility of the field surface.
Our challenge to identify who may have inhabited the field was partly solved and looks to have been a small Roman settlement with perhaps just one dwelling that was there for a short period of time.
Another survey when the field is drilled with wheat/barley may provide further evidence to either support this theory or otherwise.
We decided to ask the landowner if we could have a look at another field about 2 miles away so I sent him a quick text whilst he was out on a shoot.
The answer came back within 2 minutes and it was "Fine, go ahead".
This field was right next to a rebuilt Victorian church on top of a C12th building and the soil was just like the first field, lovely!
The first signal was a corroded Roman coin quickly followed by an Early Medieval buckle dating to C11th and was a "Beast Biting the Bar" type.
Other Medieval artefacts were recovered along with Medieval pottery.
Quite a few modern items were also found as there was quite a lot of Victorian night soil tippings evident.
HD images of the finds can be seen here.