The weather was superb but cool with great views of the surrounding area.
We'd arranged to meet the landowner at 8am but we were a little early so we did a quick reccy.
We drove to the farm and knocked at the door there. A lovely gentleman greeted us and said that we would need to go to the farm buildings nearby.
We did so but couldn't see anyone around.
I rang the landowner and he said he wasn't aware that we were coming.
This was probably due to me emailing his wife over Christmas and I didn't get a reply but chanced a visit anyway!
He said that he would be setting off soon from wherever he was to meet us as he had to feed the cattle at the farm.
He arrived and apologised for the confusion but I said that it was down to me. He looked at the maps I had and he advised where we might want to look. He added that he had a report that the archaeologists compiled and we could borrow it.
We set off down the field and jeeps!! .... it was so long!
We only had a few signals and decided to reccy another area.
As we were having a coffee the landowner arrived with a ring binder with all the archaeological documents relating to a survey the archaeologists carried out some time ago.
The landowner suggested we speak to his father-in-law as he knew everything regarding the history there.
We arranged to meet over a coffee next Sunday and he would show us all his finds recovered over a hundred years or so ago.
Apparently, the history spills over onto adjacent farms and he thought that we'd have no trouble in acquiring permission there.
Even though we only had a few signals we managed to recover a few nice items.
One in particular was a Saxon belt slider with typical ring punch decoration and the other was a corroded sestertius.
Images of the recovered finds can be seen HERE.
We decided to pack in slightly early as we had planned to drop off a nice bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and a lovely Christmas tray of chocolate biscuits at another landowner nearby.
This landowner owns a field where we recovered 9 Roman fibulae and a beautiful denarius of Commodus as well as 173 Roman coins.
He was busy bringing in the latest harvest of sprouts but was quite cordial and suggested I ring him in a few weeks to check if the field had been rolled. With that, we set off home with a golden glow as it meant that all three of The PAST could survey this great field.
We happened to mention that we were surveying in another part of the country (about 250 miles away) and he knew the landowner there!!! It's a very small world indeed!!!
We are so looking forward to the start of 2015 as we are so blessed with some great land that has superb potential.
There are some exciting times ahead.