On the way we called in for breakfast at, would you believe... Flo's Cafe!
It turns out that Flo was full of the joys of spring and adorned with a personality second to none.
The start of the conference saw the head of PAS, Michael Lewis, give an overview of how PAS has helped change the face of archaeology forging a closer liaison with metal-detectorists in Britain. Michael also highlighted the vision ahead to further enhance how PAS both works with detectorists and raising the profile and knowledge available to the British public.
It was also a chance to meet some of the forum members that attended.
We left early to catch up with one of our permissions in the county.
The first port of call was a 4 acre field that was still in a roughly ploughed state. We decided that this was a perfect opportunity to see the maximum amount of pottery before rolling. This decision was absolutely spot on with several pieces of fourteenth century pottery recovered and the bonus of a few metallic finds too.
We had a night out in Lincoln, trying out a couple of pubs and ending up at a great Indian restaurant. Poppadoms & bits, garlic naan, a mixed Pawala dish, Vindaloo sauce and Pilau rice, then for mains......
The next day started off with more food; a full English breakfast with coffee, tea, toast and blueberry muffins!
With breakfast over we returned to one of our Lincolnshire sites.
Unfortunately the weather must have been very wet overnight as the fields were very sticky indeed! It was almost impossible to detect effectively.
With that in mind we did a mix of fieldwalking and detecting where and when we could. The fields were a mix of winter wheat and rough plough.
We'd noted an area through research that warranted further investigation and sure enough evidence emerged that there had been serious habitation there. Fantastic pieces of pottery, lots of sea shell clusters, animal bones and teeth including wild boar tusks. This evidence may prove to show results when we return to the area once it's rolled and seeded.
We also found lots of pottery in several areas adjacent to the road showing that it had been dumped there 800 years ago as "fly tipping".
Another area was also identified with copious amounts of pottery and food evidence such as sea shells with more animal teeth and bones.
In all we identified at least three areas that justify a full survey just as soon as he fields are rolled and seeded. That will probably be at the end of March or early April. The pottery evidence alone amounted to over 100 fragments weighing in at 3.112kg!
Seeing that we'd come to the end of our recce we decided to travel to West Yorkshire and visit a permission I'd not been to for three years.
A quick call to the landowner and all was ok.. he did warn me it was wet!
It wasn't too bad but we only had a couple of hours of daylight left.
Apart from more sherds of Medieval pottery not many metallic items came to light.
Images of the weekend's finds can be seen here.