The field had been drilled with wheat and was still very short with a fresh crust of frosted soil capping the surface.
We could see that the field had been visited by nighthawkers in the last couple of days or so as there were footprints and holes everywhere.
Anyway, undeterred, we carried on and managed to recover 24 Roman bronze coins, 2 Roman fibulae with pins, a denarius, a superb Iron Age finger ring (coiled type) and lots of pottery.
Two 13" coils and the deadly 9" HF coil were used with the GMP mode.
I say "deadly" as the HF coil is proving to be a superb tool in our armoury picking out small Roman coins with ease.
We called into the farmhouse to let them know that there were other detectorists on their land and to wish them a great Christmas and New Year.
We'd tried calling a landowner nearby but couldn't get through on the 'phone so we thought we'd drop in and hope he was in high Christmas spirits!
We were greeted by several dogs, and the landowner soon after.
After our introductions he said we could search his land and asked when we were thinking of coming? We said "Thursday, if the weather is okay!".
"Fill yer boots" and with that we went on our very merry way.
High Definition images can be seen here.