The concern is that it's nowhere near over.
Now that the lockdown has been eased slightly gave us the chance to visit one of our favourite permissions this being our 12th outing since last August.
We targetted 3 different fields with differing history and the weather was dry, cool and a little breezy.
The first field has just been drilled so was flat as a pancake with no crop showing.
This particular field has produced mainly Medieval artefacts with a small amount of Roman items.
We recovered lots of Medieval pottery including many jug handles, lots of Medieval buckle parts and 7 hammered coins. 2 Roman coins were also found. A lovely chalk spindle whorl was a superb and rare surface find, something you don't see often.
The next field has what we think is either a Roman shrine or some other religious feature. In the past we've recovered lots of bronze coinage and pottery from a very compact area. Today was no exception with 18 Roman coins and several sherds of Roman pottery, some being Samian Ware, being found including the base of a Roman cheese press. The field was drilled with Spring wheat.
The third field is also mainly a Roman site with a disproportionate amount of denarii being recovered there including a hoard of denarii.
Oddly enough, and within seconds of entering the field, a Roman bronze coin emerged! A trumpet brooch and a denarius of Caracalla were found with a small amount of Samian Ware which is a feature of this field.
The Caracalla denarius was found to have a large and thick amount of corrosion which was successfully removed after careful cleaning.
A further 3 denarii were recovered in the same spot where the hoard of denarii was discovered. 2 of the denarii were legionaire coinage of Mark Anthony dating to 31-30 BC with the third denarius being that of Titus under Vespasian.
These will be added to the Treasure Case that is already running.
This field was seeded with oats.
In all, we recovered 147 fragments of Roman and Medieval pottery weighing in at 4227 grams!
As always, the settings were standard factory settings using 9 inch coils and virtually all of the finds were within 5-inches of the field surface.
Of course, our search regime automatically results in the suggested social distancing advice.
Images of the days finds can be seen here.