We arrived at the main survey area which had been seeded with winter wheat at 7:35am. The rest of the surrounding fields had winter wheat and OSR.
The machines were set up as standard with the Déus' operating in the GMP mode and GB set to "Tracking" with the small coils being the choice of the day.
The SW wind had reached us so the temps were nice and cool.
We had only been surveying for about half an hour when a Land Rover pulled up behind our support vehicle and the driver got out with his two dogs. The youngest dog came running over and was very friendly. The driver is the tenant farmer and wondered how we were getting on.
I'd phoned him a couple of weeks ago asking about another field that looked like it had potential. He was drilling at the time and the signal was lost as he was saying we couldn't survey it and why. I missed the 'why' bit.
Anyway, I recapped the discussion we'd had and asked what was the reason for the refusal. He said the land is rented and the landowner doesn't like detectorists.
I thanked him again for allowing us to detect the fields we were on today.
He said that if it wasn't for our professionalism we wouldn't be there!
The best part of the meeting was that I asked him about the possibility of surveying land next door to a permission that he farms where we'd found a Viking sword pommel, Saxon coin and several Roman coins and artefacts. He said "no problem... come whenever you like".
Anyway, on to today's survey, we started at a point where we knew where a RB settlement is situated. We know this from the amount of finds we had here in January. The first of many Roman grots were recovered along with other Roman and Celtic artefacts. Lots of pottery also emerged.
We eventually covered the full area that we suspect the settlement covers and then had time to explore further afield.
We all split up and surveyed areas we hadn't had chance to search last January. A Saxon strapend came up followed by the Henry VIII coin.
99% of finds came from the top four inches of the field surfaces. The mineralisation was very high due to the site being a settlement so the detection depth will be affected. There is no way around this at this present moment in time. The Déus' tackled this site with ease as there was a huge amount of small ferrous items on top of the mineralisation!
Alas, the sun was setting so we decided to call it a day.
The images of todays finds can be seen here.
Please enjoy :)