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      • SUN 23 OCT 2016, SOMERTON*

        NEWSLETTER 16

         SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2016

        SOMERTON, OXFORDSHIRE

        We have up to six fields to search this Sunday. Some are pasture but others are in short maize stubble that is not that bad to search. The soil here is mostly sandy which the Saxons preferred as do we for easy digging. One of the fields has a spring so should be worth searching. Now, you may recall digging new fields here alongside the railway line for the first time in December 2015. Finds were mainly medieval on hot spots with some Anglo-Saxon finds too. We used some of this land on a Bank holiday camping weekend where a superb Roman enamelled brooch was found. Some of these fields have only been searched once and have been ploughed since. Interestingly, we searched a rough ploughed sandy field on sloping ground and made Roman finds here. Now this field is in maize stubble and has firm ground so this could prove to be a good field. Please note that we are not searching the Roman kitchen field over the road as this has a crop on it.
        HISTORY AND RESEARCH
        The WWs found a significant Roman villa here some years ago with the discovery of pewter hexagonal plates amongst other kitchen finds. Two Roman roads cross this farmland. Here’s two useful links that I Googled.
        http://somertonoxon.co.uk/the-village/archaeological-observations/
        http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/oxon/vol6/pp290-301
         

        DIG REPORT

         SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2016

        SOMERTON, OXFORDSHIRE

        Weather

        PARTLY CLOUDY 

        FROM E 12MPH

        13C

        The fine dry weather saw us parking on the grass field and using this as a base to get to the surrounding fields here at Somerton. The grass field had been in stubble on our first visit here so this was the first time it had been detected on in such a manageable state. Most of the hammered coinage came from this field, some down by the black silage bales but others uo on the hill top by the road. The long maize roadside field pulled out a couple of Anglo-Saxon artefacts and a couple of Roman coins. The approximate tally for hammered coins is 13 but finds ranged from the Bronze Age & Iron Age through to Roman and up to the 17th century. In all, it seemed to be a successful day out. Hole filling left much to be desired and was commented on. All diggers please note: Leave the field without a trace of you being there!

      Bronze Age gouge
      Elizabeth I Penny A, 23 OCT 2016
      Elizabeth I Penny B, 23 OCT 2016
      Bronze Age gouge B, 23 OCT 2016
      Charles twopence A, 23 OCT 2016
      Charles twopence B, 23 OCT 2016
      Medieval nutcrackers, 23 OCT 2016
      Penannular buckle, 23 OCT 2016
      Elizabeth I Sixpence 2A, 23 OCT 2016
      Buckle, 23 OCT 2016
      Elizabeth I Sixpence 2B, 23 OCT 2016
      Lead weight, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered cut half penny A, 23 OCT 2016
      Elizabeth I Sixpence A, 23 OCT 2016
      Elizabeth I SixpenceB, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered cut half penny B, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered coin A, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered coin B, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered Irish penny A, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered penny A, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered penny B, 23 OCT 2016
      Hammered Irish penny b, 23 OCT 2016
      Possible chaffing dish handle, 23 OCT 2016
      Potin fragment, 23 OCT 2016
      Roman coin A, 23 OCT 2016
      Roman FOLLIS A, 23 OCT 2016
      Roman FOLLIS B, 23 OCT 2016
      Roman coin nail cleaner A, 23 OCT 2016
      Roman coin B, 23 OCT 2016
      Saxon pin head 2, 23 OCT 2016
      Roman coin nail cleaner B, 23 OCT 2016
      Saxon pin head, 23 OCT 2016
      Trade token, 23 OCT 2016
      Small fibula, 23 OCT 2016
      Silver thimble
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