We decided to finish off a field we looked at a couple of weeks ago.
The field was drilled with oats and another crop to help replenish the soil structure.
Although some great finds have come from this field, we weren't hoping for too much from the northern section compared to the southern half.
Sure enough, it was hard going with virtually no pottery and only a few good signals. There were however lots of green waste signals which made it even harder work along with the warm sun, tempered with a cooling easterly breeze
The first coin was a bent hammered short-cross penny followed by a denarius of Hadrian a dated to AD 134 - 138 and then a Saxon brooch fragment that may date to the C6th. An Iron Age toggle fastener and a couple of lead spindle whorls were also recovered.
A surprise find was a 5-day old fawn!
Our second field is one where a local detectorist has spent hundreds of hours detecting there.
This field has almost certainly been a market site due to the many hammered coins that the local chap had found.
Our first-ever survey there resulted in 22 hammered coins and lots of Medieval pottery.
The conditions were perfect with only a small amount of what looked to be grass showing.
The latest 2-hour visit produced 5 hammered coins, a Saxon brooch fragment, a denarius of Antoninus Pius under Marcus Aurelius dated to AD 162 and some Medieval pottery. One of the pieces of pottery had finger impressions that were quite small. Perhaps a female or indeed, a child perhaps?
The plough had certainly stirred things up as a clack valve was found. This shows that something that size can be missed!
Both 13" coils and 9" coils were used with standard settings except for the 9" coil using a mixture of 14kHz and 31kHz frequencies.
Again, most finds were located within the first 5 inches of the field surface.
High Definition images of the finds can be seen here.