The excavation went well and this year was the final dig in the field where we discovered a substantial Roman building that was there from AD 79.
The site is ancient and dates right back to at least the Mesolithic period.
The great news from this particular farm is that two of the fields that were in grass have been worked in order to plant wheat again.
One of the fields where we discovered a Roman villa will have the grass there worked for a crop next year.
We have had some great results on one of the above worked fields a couple of weeks ago with some lovely Medieval items being recovered which can be seen here.
We can't wait until it's drilled with wheat in the next month or so!
One of the gamekeepers at an estate that we have permission told us about a field he once detected years ago at another farm with finds of Roman coins and a few brooches. He thought it might be a villa.
We gained temporary permission (2-days) from the landowner due to a detectorist already having permission.
Sure enough, there had been a substantial Roman building there with several wall bricks as well as roof and floor tiles.
Seeing that the area had been detected constantly for over 20-years we still managed to recover 7 Roman coins that can be seen here.
I recieved an email from the landowner and he was amazed at the amount finds we had recovered.
Unfortunately, we didn't get further permission, even though they have 4 huge farms under there farming group. Never mind.
On to one of our estate permissions and we had a chance to survey another field that had crop marks that looked Roman.
An ancient trackway ran right through the field and crop marks, but very few items were recovered but the results can be seen here.
A large part of the estate has pasture which has quite a few humps and bumps. Although the ground was very dry, we still managed to find a few items covering the Roman to modern periods and these can be seen here.
We look forward to returning when the ground is much damper.
I think that our next outing will be 4-days on The Holy Island of Lindisfarne where we're fortunate to have permission to detect the trenches and spoil heaps of the ongoing archaeological dig there.
The dig is a joint venture with Durham University and the fantastic DigVentures team.