This was what I turned out of my bag when I got home three hours after setting off. I had dug over ninety signals - a far higher number than I would usually expect and more than I had dug on the same field in the same time last weekend (see earlier blog)
After getting rid of the rubbish and modern scrap, this remained.
I was very pleased with the results. Here are some close ups of the more interesting finds.
This is a silver groat (fourpence) from the reign of Richard II (1377-1399). It's a rare coin and even in poor condition worth over £200 so I need to ask the landowner if he wants me to sell it or pay him half its value. I'm going to see him when I have a valuation.
The reverse is in much better condition.
This penny is dated 1571 (or 1572). The monarch is Elizabeth but it's a very worn and probably worthless coin.
This is a fragment of a cooking vessel and is probably Post Medieval (post 1485).
The lead item on the left is a spindle or loom weight which is difficult to date but can range from Roman to Post Medieval. The other item is twisted lead - perhaps a makeshift loom weight.
I can't identify this copper alloy item and will need the archaeologist's help.
This is a good little Post Medieval strap fitting.
Another mystery piece of copper alloy. A vessel handle perhaps?
A large calibre musket ball.
A Medieval buckle.
I am fairly sure that this is a fragment of a Post Medieval spur rowel.
A fragment of a Medieval jetton (sometimes used as gaming counters) and a possible silver hammered coin fragment.
A Post Medieval lead window came used for holding glass in place.
Some casket or drawer fittings. The top one is fairly modern but the bottom appears very old.
A fine Post Medieval mount with plenty of original gilding remaining.
A Medieval stud.
This button is modern (19th century) but very decorative.
A brooch or buckle fragment. Possibly Medieval.
I was so encouraged by these finds in such a short time that I gave the same field another try today.I wasn't disappointed. I haven't had time to photograph the finds yet but with another three hammered silver coins I have now found eight in the last three trips (compared to five in the whole of 2012). I'll put details on a blog soon.