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As it happens I gained such a permission and have been waiting for a rape crop to be cleared and flattened which it now has so I'll be giving it a bash tomorrow. My research identified a certain quite remote part of the field that looked to have had habitation and field-walking that area showed quite a lot of surface 17th/19th century pottery and some clay smoking pipes, so that will be my main area of focus. I'm just curious to see what metallic finds come up from that specific area which is also part of an even older relatively small freehold plot, and being in an area of Neolithic occupation adds extra possibilities of potential finds, but in reality I don't really expect to find any – but still would be very nice.
I naturally expect there to be a certain amount of iron present, which is fine. But if the night soil and shoddy didn't make it out that far then I will be a happier man with much less digging to do to get to the older targets. As said there's only one way to find out, will it be happiness or disappointment? I'll report back!
I think the field had been disked by the look of it, it was good to walk on with not too many stalks left but the ground was rather dry. Using my usual set of of the Nox & 15” coil.
I knew that a club had been on the field once before so had not set my hopes too high, but speaking to the farmer he said they had been on it three times! Okay so it will be a bit more challenging then? Still it makes a change from my regular pasture.
Detecting across the field it was pretty quiet with just a few small lead blobs before I reached my chosen area. I gridded the pottery area for a couple of hours, and could hear that there was plenty of iron present but targets were few mainly very small but also one very deep crusty copper that is likely Georgian. I wandered about the whole field and it was pretty quiet and targets were few but still showed regular enough, but just nothing much good came up this visit.
A bag seal and a small lead handle.
The theme was mainly small.
Just below top left is part of some kind of knife.
It makes you wonder what has come off it before and the farmer has no idea either. So I showed the farmer my entire haul and informed him of some of his land's history that he was unaware of and he was quite keen for me to return any time. But the thing is that although there will still be some decent targets about they will be quite few so given the choice I would rather be on some more productive land instead. I'm not disappointed at all as it's just what it is, quite like one of my old club digs really .
It was just a sunny day wandering on unfamiliar ground with the anticipation that the next target could be something good!
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I've been fortunate this week - I saw the farmer who owns my regular permission by chance a couple of days ago, and out of the blue he told me of another field which I can have a look at. Hopefully tomorrow!
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Best of luck and hope your hopes will be met, if not exceeded
Some sort of electrical gubbins(I'm told it's a Deus). In various colours