Apparently, we only had 8 hours and 38 minutes of light to accomplish our plans for the day!
The plan was to assess the condition of one of the potato fields at MC as most of the crop had been lifted and then move over to a newly drilled winter wheat field.
We were warned by the landowner that the potato field might be a tad challenging as there had been copious amounts of rain during the week and the previous day.
Sure enough, the field was indeed challenging, but manageable. With constant mud-shedding, the wellies weight were kept to a minimum.
Hardly any signals were encountered over a two hour period and found this this odd. Weathered footprints led us to believe that the accessible parts of the field had already been searched by a couple of local detectorists. They had done a good job with only eight targets missed!
We were using the 9" coils, GMP mode with one on manual GB and the machine on "auto" GB tracking.
We upped sticks, jumped into the SV and relocated to the field next door.
We swapped to the 13" x 11" coils but used the same settings.
This was more like it, with signals showing straight away. Iron, lead and a lovely copper-alloy finger ring being the first identifiable recovery.
Fragments of copper-alloy artefacts were recovered including Roman pin heads, Roman fibula, buckles, coins and unbelievably... three hammered coins!
Quite a few silver items were also found along with worked flint and a 1943 thru-penny bit.
Six tractors and loads of kit arrived in the potato where we were earlier and they continued to lift the potatoes there. Hopefully they will have now finished allowing the landowner to carry on and re-plough and re-seed the next crop soon.
Well, that was it, our 8 hours and 38 minutes were up and with that we headed back to the SV to gear down and set off home.
A huge and beautiful orange moon rose over the horizon as we finished off.
With only 6 hours coverage this 40 acre field requires a minimum of another 84 hours between two people to cover it 100%. That would equate to a minimum of 10 further days surveying so it may be doubtful that this is achievable as there are other permissions that we've missed out on and need a visit.
High Definition images of the day can be seen here.