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Fieldwalking depends very much on ground conditions and crops and therefore tends to be at short notice.  Our first day, which was a training day, was at Standleys Barn Farm, where  we had some interesting finds, including a tudor 'ruff', which would have  had a head on it.  These were used on the rim of chafing dishes to provide an airgap and knob that plates could be warmed on over a bowl of hot embers, or as thumb stops on mugs.  Also an arrowhead, a scraper, and numerous pot sherds.
Further training in finds recognition came with a finds training day, and a flint knapping day.

In 2015, considerable excitement was generated by the discovery of part of a blue bead with a distinctive white swirl in Forty Acre field. Opinions as to its age (from Roman to Viking) varied but as a very similar bead had been found in Margidunum (now under a roundabout between Bingham and Saxondale) this puts it into the Roman period. It now lies safely in Nottingham University Archaeology Museum. We are still looking for more information. Fieldwalking was somewhat limited in 2016 because of the weather but on a sunny day in May we managed to do the big triangular field opposite Standleys Barn. A good turn out ensured we had some good finds including some Romano British Greyware and some several pieces of worked flint—one of which was very fine. A recording session at the Village Hall in October enabled us to catch up on the backlog of fieldwalking finds.

We often find evidence of the re-use of local pottery sherds on tracks and in gateways.  At a finds sorting evening Dave Budge recognised that pottery which the group had classified as rough Midlands Purple was in fact 2nd-3rd century Roman Derbyshire ware.  We found arrowhead and knife evidence from two fields on the downslope of a Mesolithic summer camp site, and it was possible to trace how one field was taken into agricultural use from the common.   We continue to fieldwalk when the fields become available.

                                                                   

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