After last week's recovery of a small hoard of Roman denarii we were wondering what our next outing would reveal. Indeed, we were wondering what surprises 2016 might have in store for us.
We now have a Pulse Induction machine on order that should be with us later this week. We will pass over the hoard site with the new machine just to see if there is anything at a greater depth. Should be interesting!
The day started off with a light drizzle which stopped after about twenty minutes. We jumped out of the support vehicle and donned our waterproofs and gear. We started off in the winter wheat field where we'd recovered the small denarii hoard last week, but at the opposite side of the field. We worked our way towards the "hoard" spot
The first find was that of a bronze horse's leg of which we aren't sure of its date yet. The next find was that of a Republican denarius and then a Roman bronze. Another denarius was recovered from the field surface about 50 meters from the Republican denarius.
After 3 hours we had lunch and returned to the winter wheat field.
It started drizzling again to we moved to a pasture field were four Roman bronze coins were recovered.
In all, four denarii and nine Roman grots were recovered along with a few unknown artefacts, a Medieval skillet leg and a Georgian strong box handle and a few Georgian coins.
We stripped down and went for a recce to another two fields we might have a look at. Both have just been drilled. Hopefully we may get permission to survey these.
The machines by the way were fitted with the 13" coils and the standard GMP mode with "Tracking". The field has a "Green Waste" scattering too!
Meanwhile, Sam Moorhead is looking after our recorded hoard entry and will update me when all the blanks are filled in.
Detailed pictures of the days recoveries can be seen here.