We arrived at the campsite with our borrowed caravan in half decent weather.
We met up with a chap that was going to survey one of our sites using a machine which measures resistivity so we may discover the extent of the second Roman villa we located in the area.
This took the best part of two-days to complete ten-20mtr squares.
The weather however was going to prove to be challenging at the least with the excavation being called off on two of the six days.
Whilst in the area, we called into a site that we first visited in 2014 and produced some of the best Medieval finds we've seen.
Unfortunately, the site is now waning as we only recovered a few artefacts.
This goes to show that finds will diminish over time to such a degree that unfortunately and sadly negates further visits.
We visited another site that produced a few RB items, but again, this has also seen better days. This site has been well searched by other detectorists and they have done an excellent job of it. So much so, we'll give it a miss in future.
Another site which looked promising appears to have an Iron Age fort there but nothing was found except a modern gold ring.
We also viisted a few areas around our dig site..... with mixed results.
Denarii, hammered and various artefacts emerged whilst dodging the extremely wet weather which is unusual for this area.
A few weeks ago, we wrote to a landowner that may have a Roman villa on one of his fields.
We called in on him a couple of weeks later and he said that the field wasn't his to which we said "it was!". We were there on his door-step for 15-minutes chatting about archaeology and trying to obtain a 'phone number!
We said we'd be back in the area in a couple of weeks' time to which he said he'd meet us at the field to see if it was indeed his.
Two-weeks later we arrived at one of his farms and the tenent said he was usually in the area on that day to collect his mail.
Sure enough we caught up with him collecting his post.
At first he was surprised to see us but he asked us to follow him to the field-in-question.
After about 2-miles, we eventually arrived at the field that we thought that there was a Roman villa situated. It was still in crop. The field WAS his!
The landowner invited us to "have a look" but we said we'd have to wait until the crop was harvested. He said he'd be cutting it as soon as it was dry enough.
The research shows that this site has great potential.
Meanwhile, the excavation at our farm site produced several RB walls that have been robbed-out in antiquity as well as other features that may have to be explored next year!
Here's a link to some of the images of the week.