The plan was to survey one of the fields that has just been drilled with winter wheat. The field chosen looks to be a Medieval settlement.
The soil conditions varied from light and fluffy to solid lumps of clay.
Apart from 45 pieces of C14th pottery, lots of Medieval artefacts and coinage were recovered. The coins were 9 hammered units dating from King Stephen (c.1135 AD) to Queen Elizabeth Ist (1572 AD) with buckles, needles, a dagger pommel insert, a lead seal and token and three Roman coins.
Three ferrous artefacts included a forged point, a loop shaped object and a
We fancied a change of scenery so decided to have a quick look at the small river that runs through the land. Rob donned the chest waders and I stuck to wellies armed with both Déus machines, pro-pointers and sifts.
5 pieces of Medieval pottery were stuck in the river bottom. Unfortunately the machines can't operate 4 inches below the water surface so we called it a day. We'll return another day with underwater machines.
With about 30 minutes of daylight left we elected to have a quick look at the "hoard field". This is also seeded with winter wheat and as flat as a pancake. By the time we got there only 10 minutes of light remained!
The first signal was a large Iron Age/Roman terret ring quickly followed by a sestertius, an As, a Roman grot and two early denarii. These denarii were directly over the hoard site and had the same copper leeching marks upon them. One is identified as that of Vespasian and dated 70 AD. The other denarius may be of Domitian?
With the light fading we wrapped up and drove to the farmhouse to report on the day.
A great day indeed with 45 pieces of Medieval pottery, 9 Medieval hammered coins, 8 Roman coins, a superb early Roman terret ring and several other artefacts. Amazing that we recovered five cut-quarters in one day, two of them from the King Stephen era!
We were warmly welcomed by the landowners and settled in the kitchen to reflect on what we'd discovered.
Future plans for the farm were discussed along with other projects that we will be involved with. Some of these plans will be published in due course and includes a full professional archaeological survey at the farm.
High definition images of all the finds can be seen here.