My poppy was tucked away safely under layers of warm clothing.
Here we were, at a site that pre-dates WWI by at least 1700 years and wondered how the Iron Age people interacted with the invading Roman army.
The two (used to be three) fields we were going to explore had previously been deep ploughed for potatoes and were now rolled and drilled with Winter Wheat. We've had some great finds from 7 previous visits and we anticipated that this visit may be very productive. The last visit was January 2017.
The soil was slightly damp from the previous evenings rainfall so it was a little "sticky". This meant several attempts to shed the mud build-up on the wellies therefore wasting precious detecting time!
It was only a matter of a couple of minutes before the first Roman coin made an appearance. This was quite a welcome sign as there was also lots of modern metallic items lurking beneath the fields surface.
This was almost a similar situation to the green waste problem we've had as buttons and parts of watches are just as attractive as bits of MFI furniture fittings... not!
We pushed on and the horizon became very murky indeed.... and heading our way. Sure enough, it started drizzling and the hope was that it would pass. It did, but only to bring heavier rain with it.
We retreated to the vehicles which, when inside, made the rain sound even worse, as it does. Thankfully, this was only to last 15 minutes or so, and we could see that brighter weather was on its way. Thankfully, the soil wasn't any more sticky than it was before.
Time-wise, we were up against it with lots of non-ferrous signals and constant mud slinging stopping us in our tracks.
However, we still managed to recover 35 Roman coins with some lovely examples including a denarius of Hadrian and a siliqua of Constantius II. A denarius of Vespasian came up and was very similar to one we found very recently dating to 79 AD.
Oddly, we only found 2 Roman artefacts and these were only small items, one being a cosmetic implement and the other a fragment of a fibula with a trace of blue enamel showing.
Quite a few fragments of Roman pottery were recovered with one piece of Samian Ware depicting a hare being hunted.
10 fragments of lead toys were found with at least 5 of them being soldiers which was quite poignant being that it was Armistice Day.
Another poignant find was the Leicester fretwork piece with thoughts of the tragic accident that happened recently at Leicester City's football ground.
Another surprise was a George III shilling dated 1817 in very good condition as well as a token from Dublin dating to 1876.
A rare Brass Workers Strike medallion saw the light of day too and this item is probably a story on its own.
A number of pre-decimal coins were found including; farthings, half-pennies, a penny and a Lizzy II sixpence.
The technical side of the day was that two 9" HF coils and one 13" X35 coil were under the control of standard GMP mode.
Most finds were within the first 5 inches of the field surface with the larger items being deeper, the deepest at 12".
High Definition images of all the finds can be seen here.