The weather was good for a change although overcast and we were excited to venture on to a new field.
The start was very quiet except for iron signals and we surprised that the first find was a bronze South Ferriby stater. Of course, we thought that this was going to be a good field only to find that there were hardly any non-ferrous signals whatsoever.
There can only two answers to this conundrum; there's either nothing there because of the lack human activity, or the field has been "battered to death" by detectorists previously.
After a couple of hours we decided to give up the ghost as this was certainly a barren area. It was ironic that the only half-decent find we recovered was the single stater.
We met the landowner on our way out and he confirmed that, indeed, the field had been "battered to death" by detectorists for years. Our suspicions were bang on.
We next visited a farm nearby that we ourselves had "battered" certain small areas. Sure enough, we almost suffered the same fate as the first farm that we had just left.
Because the area at the second farm has had so much ancient activity upon it, we expected to find something, if not a lot.
The field was in stubble and we did manage to find a few artefacts which, on reflection, was very lucky as, again, as there were only a small amount of signals. The landowner advised us that the drilled fields were "sticky" and he was of course right!
We could see that the field had already been searched by relatives of the landowner and we know that they have had some fantastic finds that they have found here over the years.
We MUST organise a viewing of their finds as I know they will be superb!
We collected quite a few pieces of Roman pottery including Samian Ware.
Oddly, we also found 2 Medieval hammered coins on what is predominantly a Roman site, even more so when you consider that we only found 3 Roman coins! This particular area has produced several Roman coins, usually in double figures. Again, it just shows that eventually, the finds will dwindle to virtually nothing.
The finds that we did recover were quite nice, especially 3 knapped flint tools, 2 of them look like that they could be leaf blade arrowheads.
HD images of the days finds can be seen here.