Although we haven't been out as much as we'd like, our recording is still on par.
Unfortunately, one of the team had serious man-flu and couldn't make it this weekend so we were down to a 66% team capacity.
Fortunately, we had a good mobile 'phone signal so that we could keep our missing team member in-the-loop thus preventing any kind of anxiety.
The weather was extremely kind and as you may have seen from our last posting, the sandy soil conditions were superb.
This time around, we were able to apply more time to the fields right next to the thirteenth century village church.
The field we chose was directly drilled OSR on wheat stubble but the OSR has been completely decimated leaving the field resembling a normal looking wheat stubble field. However, the stubble was completely flattened and didn't pose any kind of problem.
Oh WOW!, we've never seen so many musket balls and giant fragments of lead! 81 musket balls of various sizes were extracted weighing 726 grams in total. Some of the lead pieces were huge so the field can't have been seriously detected before. Images of these humongous lead fragments and musket balls can be seen along with all the other recoveries on our Flickr site as usual.
Lots of Medieval pottery came to light as well as Medieval artefacts in the form of coins and metallic objects.
The hammered coins are of John, his son; Henry III and a Queen Elizabeth I London penny. A lovely decorated spindle whorl (one of my fave finds) was recovered as well as other copper-alloy Medieval items.
Strange but true, one of the team had never found a Gothic styled florin but managed to find two! A love token in the form of a Queen Anne sixpence c.1705 was another unusual recovery.
The weather was so good that we committed the drone to the skies. Hopefully that footage will be available soon.
Whilst we were there, a chap approached us and asked if we'd found anything. He then proceeded to fill us in with the local history which was fascinating. What was even more fascinating was that he was friends with a major landowner there. He then hit the hot-spot for me.... he was an expert birdwatcher, this opened the floodgates for me to relate all things ornithologically. He mentioned that a juvenile peregrine falcon was picking off the resident wood pigeon population. Also, which is even rarer, a small flock of firecrest were flitting about the Estate grounds!
On our way out we met up again with the resident birdwatcher and he gave us the address of a local farmer that has some interesting land nearby.
Machine settings used were standard GMP mode using the 9" HF coils.
Some of the finds came up from over 12 inches due to the size of some of the lead objects.
As always, the HD images of the days recoveries can be seen here.