We arrived at AELWB slightly later than planned due to a few anomalies with the satnav in our brand new support vehicle.
We met with the farmer and handed over a report of what we'd discovered over the last two visits. He'd previously asked for a report and although he was expecting the document he was absolutely taken aback by it and commented on how professional it looked.
He then started to tick off fields on a map that I had printed out and he said you need a bigger map than that! With that he said that he'd get some Estate maps for me and post them on.
We had a quick look at the "new" fields he'd indicated..... some look to have interesting features.
However, we started off in the first field we'd planned to check out.
This was newly rolled field and had lots of C13th - C14th pottery but very little in the way of metallic finds which we found quite odd.
A chap came over to us and asked what we were doing and why we were interested in that particular field. He was local and wondered what history was there.
Low and behold a second chap came over to us and asked if we had permission there.
We had a good chat and found out that he too had permission to detect there. The farmer did say to us when we arrived the first time that a "local" guy had permission there.
We came off the field and had a good chat as well as exchanging contact details.
He'd been detecting there since 2009 and now has full written permission and has found over 300 hammered coins there. He didn't mention any artefacts, although I'm sure there will be many.
He was going to detect a field nearby and we asked him to join us in another field that looked interesting and was worked down.
It was a little sticky with the 48 hours rain they'd had previously, but we persevered.
A hammered and a spindle whorl were some of the finds of note.
Rob and I moved to the next field which was in winter wheat and we could see that it had been directly seeded over wheat stubble without ploughing.
Four hammered coins, a lovely seal matrix, a fragment of a pilgrims ampulla and several strapends came to light. Some really nice pieces of Medieval pottery also came up.
We finished up and headed out for tea/supper and ended up at a really nice Indian with a menu with a twist. Very nice indeed!
We landed back in Lancashire at 11:35pm!!!!
Images of the days finds can be seen here.