Now that we've established the fact that there is indeed history beneath our feet, we can move on to stage one of the process and the most important phase; Research. This will greatly improve in pinpointing the remaining artefacts that still lay in those few inches of soil that cover our country.
After all, most people do their research when buying a house, car, TV, insurance and metal-detectors.
We don't rely solely on "Lady Luck" in spending several fruitless hours looking for that elusive Roman brooch or hammered coin.
There are many sources of information that may help in the tracking down and recovery of our precious heritage. In fact, the list is fairly extensive and the research aspect itself is a complete "package".
As we all know, we can access paper documents or indeed, electronic documentation too along with many, many other sources available..
I personally find this initial stage much fun, and a challenge at the same time, which can be undertaken as and when you please in the comfort of your own home, or man-cave. It is also a great opportunity to share the research fun between others if you are part of a team, forum or club.
The team at Priscan Archaeology share all our individually acquired information via Skype during our frequent joint research sessions. This is a great asset for us in sharing ideas, info, files and pictures with ease and in real-time. It's like having our own personal club meeting without having to leave home.
Research has been central to the success we've experienced and has certainly helped others in finding their dream finds.
In the housing market "location, location, location" are the three key factors.
With successful metal-detecting "research, research, research" is the key.
After all, when it's dark, cold, wet and miserable outside (hundreds of hours here in the UK) you can spend many enjoyable hours inside where its warm and cosy, whether that be in your own home or a lovely museum.