To recap; two local detectorists (landowners relatives) live next to the field and has also been searched by three other detectorists too.
All five used the standard metal-detecting method which is quite surprising seeing that this field is 80-acres in size!
We arrived in glorious sunshine and having only having 8 hours 1 minute of light available, we were quick off the mark.
The field had been ploughed and drilled with winter wheat.
The first find was a Roman coin, no surprise really as this has been a very busy Roman site producing finds for the five other detectorists and now for us too. It will however sadly diminish as the finite number of finds there will eventually become exhausted, well, all the finds above ten inches that is!
At the moment, we see that this field still warrants the travel expenditure... for now anyway.
We were lucky to recover 23 Roman coins, two complete Roman fibulae with pins, the frame of an annular brooch, at least five fibulae fragments (one with beautiful red and blue enamel), a nail cleaner, a cracking Late Iron Age toggle fastener, a Roman pin, Roman artefacts (to be ID'd), a Roman lead spindle whorl type weight and of course, pottery. One piece of pottery was from a Medieval jug handle dating C12th to C14th.
One of the larger pieces of Roman pottery looks to be from the rim of a large amphora, this was accompanied by two shiny pieces of Samian Ware.
There was also a William III medallion or crude forgery.
An item that did emerge was a fretwork styled mount that has a typeface not seen before......
Five sherds of flint were recovered with two being knapped and still very sharp!
We will be making a second visit soon to finish off this field before moving on to a deep -ploughed field that has just had the potatoes removed.
This may be quite interesting as it has produced lots of Medieval items including a sceat as well as a few Roman articles too.
Equipment used on this survey was:
3 x Déus V4.1
2 x 9" HF Coils
1 x 13" Coil
Programs: GMP 18khz, GMP 15khz, GMP 25khz and the "Hot" program.
All finds were within 5 inches of the field surface with one of the largest, the Roman headstud fibula, actually on the surface!
HD images can be seen here.
A 3D image of both intact brooches can be seen here.