The temp gauge read 1C and the forecast was predicted to rise to 4C max.
We arrived at our latest permission; JHF1 just after daybreak.
Today's survey was planned to cover at least three new areas.
The first field we checked out was a pasture field but nothing earlier than Victorian coinage was recovered.
The second field is one seeded with winter wheat. Plenty of C14th pottery was evident but no metallic items were encountered except for lots of green waste!
The third field, again in winter wheat, only gave up two Roman grots.
In a rare move, the team split up into three different areas.
Five more Roman coins and an Iron Age toggle fastener were recovered.
For the four field we decided to recce one that was roughly ploughed just to gauge the background noise expected there. This 40 acre field is right up against a deserted Medieval village so should, in effect, produce C14th items. It wasn't long before Medieval pottery started to emerge.
A superbly decorated spindle whorl was the next recovery closely followed by a battered groat of Henry IV.
Altogether, 54 pieces of pottery weighing 1.136kg were collected from the field surfaces.
We could see an impending snow storm on the horizon so we elected to end the survey 90 minutes short of the planned finish time of 5pm.
Sure enough, just as we got into the vehicle, all hell let loose!
It was a proper blizzard.
As usual, all recoveries came from within the first five inches of the field surface. Large coils and standard GMP were the choice this Valentine's Day.
Images of the days recoveries can be seen here.