On arrival it was raining so we decided to swap to a 27 acre field that is in wheat stubble at the moment as a damage limitation exercise.
We sat in the support vehicle for 30 minutes before we decided to brave it.
When we got out It actually rained harder as we tried to adorn the Gore Tex gear!
The Déus' were set up in the usual GMP 'standard' modes using "Tracking" and the big coils to enable maximum coverage. This was going to be a "speed reccy" to cover the 27 acres in the day.
We decided to use transects 15ft apart to ensure that we covered most, if not all of the field. This would of course mean that a large percentage of the survey area would be missed.
Within 10 minutes we had the first two hammered coins. A third hammered soon followed as we moved north. These coins were within 2 inches of the surface. In contrast, the medieval trade weights were at a depth of 12 inches and gave out deafening signals!
In all, six hammered coins and quite a few pre-decimal coins were recovered. A large quantity of C14th pottery was also recovered with a mix of post medieval pottery too.
A lot of unidentified metallic objects emerged as well the two trade weights with one showing some form of design. Medieval floor tiles were also amongst the fabric recovered.
Considering that the field was an unknown quantity, it revealed that there was quite a lot of human activity there, covering a period of medieval and post medieval presence.
Initial thoughts are that a Tudor building stood near there of some form.
No evidence of the Roman period was seen, although the Romans were in the field next door!
The stall has now been set for a return visit when the field is ploughed and rolled either later this year or in early 2015.
Now, the question is where to survey next week?
I emailed a landowner I hadn't contacted in 18 months as we've been so busy with the current projects. This farm has a Roman villa in situ hence the interest in this permission. The landowner said she'd love to speak to me about the prospect of a future survey there.
For the link to the images of Sundays outing please click here.