The machines were set up with small coils and the Déus' were set to GMP standard and "Tracking". We used the tried and tested grid system to survey the area.
The first signal was a large Civil War musket ball which was a hint to the amount of musket balls here.
The fields have never been detected and the proof was the large quantity of horse shoes and other large items such a the huge Victorian curtain rings that were spread around the first field. The first field was 6 acres in size with the other two being 9 and 10 acres each.
The field had the largest amount of worked flint I've ever seen in one field. it looks as though the Stone Age/Bronze Age people thought that this site was a great place to live.
We started picking up more artefacts and coins as we moved eastwards across the field. It was when we got to about the central section that the penny of King Stephen appeared. We broke for lunch and then carried on from where we left off.
Several buckles and coins were unearthed along with two more hammered coins looking like Eddie's, a silver cigarette case and more flints! A nice zoomorphic Viking strapend piece came to light.
We managed to cover the 6 acres of the first field and we had a couple of hours in hand so we did a reccy of the other two fields.
These proved to be very quiet compared to the first field.
We decided to pack in for the day and see the landowner as we'd never even met her yet!!
We knocked at the farm lodge door and a lady came out to greet us. She was really nice and we were getting along just fine until she asked "so... what is it you want?"..... I apologised and said that I thought she was the landowner. "No" she said "You need to go to the Manor House as thats where the landowner lived.
Jeeps.. it was huge! Anyway, after ringing the large bell outside the front door we at long last met the landowner. She was lovely and invited us in for a pot of tea.
We couldn't believe the amount of other landowners she knew! Some of them are already under our permissions and they were miles away!
She said we could come back anytime we liked and looked forward to us re-visiting.
On the way there we checked one of our Roman sites and YEAH!!! ...it was rolled and seeded. We surveyed this site in January this year for the first time and apart from 78 Roman coins there were many artefacts too dating from the Roman, Saxon and medieval periods.
Fingers crossed that the weather is ok for next weekend.
You can see the photo's of the finds recovered on the day by clicking here.