The field was in stubble in 2019 but was drilled with Winter Wheat this time around.
In 2019 we found about 63 pieces of Roman and Medieval pottery.
This visit produced well over 200 pieces of pottery (4.1Kg) from the Roman and Medieval periods. This shows that a freshly drilled field will reveal far more surface finds than a stubble field due to the Wheat chaff covering the surface.
Apart from constantly stooping to collect surface finds we had several metallic signals. Most of these were consentrated over an area that had large limestone rocks strewn across the surface. Amongst these were several pieces of Tegulae (Roman roof tiles) of differing sizes. This shows that there is at least one substantial Roman building here.
Apart from the pottery and non-metallic finds, we recovered 69 Roman coins, one Medieval coin and several metallic artefacts covering many historical periods. Belt mounts, Roman tweezers, a fibula pin, a Medieval casket key, Medieval skillet fragments and lots of lead pot-mends were included.
The crop was about 5-inches high so swinging the coils wasn't a problem.
Surface visibility was excellent, hence the vast amount of pottery that was recovered.
The consensus is that the site has Bronze Age beginnings with a Romano-British presence from AD 152 with increased activity in the late third century leading into the fourth century. The site is situated on the original Roman road running from a major Roman settlement to a Roman port or ferry point.
There is also evidence of a small amount of C14th activity in the field.
The images of the days finds can be seen here.