The weather was quite mild and overcast with no wind.
Winter wheat was the crop in the first field we had a look at, being quite short it gave us great visibility of the surface helping us to collect 38 fragments of Roman and Medieval pottery (639 grams).
The first piece was actually a fragment of Samian Ware which quickly raised our expectations, but this was a false start.
Oddly enough, no more pottery came from this field although 2 Roman coins were recovered.
Part of what appears to be a Medieval key with ring and dot impressions apparent on both flanks of the bit came up.
Even more oddly, we found 23 golf balls lying on the surface too!
Rob went off to track down the landowner and identify which fields belonged to him and to extract any info about the other detectorists that visit.
He said that they seem to search a certain part of the field next door but they have a much greater interest in the field adjacent to that one.
We paid a visit to the field "next door" and that was in winter wheat too, we tracked across the field to the area of interest was, as pointed out by the landowner.
Sure enough, we started to recover more pieces of the familiar Roman orange and grey ware pottery dating to the C3rd and with that, the Roman grots also appeared. In all, 20 Roman coins were recovered including a bilon unit.
A fragment of a terret ring, a lead pot mend, 2 fibulae, a lead scribe and a Minié bullet where the other metallic finds on the day.
Medieval artefacts were also in the mix with one being a cut-half of Henry III and the other a swivel.
One 13" coil and two 9" HF coils were used in the standard GMP mode using tracking on one of the HF machines and the standard 90 on the others.
Most finds came from within 5 inches of the field surface with some Roman coins actually on the surface.
I saw my first swallow of the year with a bonus red kite soaring overhead and a great spotted woodpecker calling from the woodland nearby.
Amongst many others, yellow-hammers, wrens, robins, song thrush, blackbird, goldfinches, buzzards, dunnocks, pied wagtail and skylarks added to the cacophony of bird song.
High Definition images of then days' recoveries can be seen here.