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It was helpful to have several ears to locate the precise position of a find.  We later found it easier to spread polythene out on the ground when digging so that small finds did not disappear.

The Local Heritage Initiative grant enabled us to buy a metal detector.


This instrument is a Laser Scout and can be adjusted to search for different types of metal.


Rounded Rectangular Callout: Touch a picture to find out more about the coins.


A dupondius from time of Agrippa  63-12 B.C.  Reverse is Neptune with dolphin and trident. Early in our search we discovered four Roman coins, confirming the presence of Roman settlement in a nearby villa.
A dupondius from time of Vespasian A.D.69-79.  Obverse-radiate head.  Reverse-Fortuna or Felicitas Chris Montague of the Archaeological Field Unit in Cambridge identified the coins for us.

An as from time of Trajan A.D.98-117  Reverse is Fortuna standing.

It was interesting to note the wide range of ages of the coins, the earliest dating from before the Roman conquest.

Small value coin from time of Constans  A.D.337-390  Reverse is two soldiers with standard.

Links to more details
Documentary evidence Plane table surveying
Place name analysis Resistivity surveying
Aerial photography analysis Dowsing and pond dipping
Geology Courses and visits
Soil sampling Community links
Metal detecting Acknowledgements