What 'rules' do we follow?
The Six Rs
We, as a group, can receive a request to either locate
missing items or to investigate an 'interesting' area of
property (for example, an abandoned village) or indeed we
as a group may identify an area that is worthy of
investigation and we therefore do what we can to identify
the landowner and obtain permission to field walk and detect.
Where we can, we research areas that we are looking at using
old maps, Google Earth, old documents, parish records and so
on. If possible, we try and talk to local inhabitants or
farmers for more details too.
We use field walking (a systematic visual examination of a
predefined area) where general layout and possible artefacts
may point to 'hot spots' that should be investigated in more
detail. We may subsequently use metal detecting to locate
and retrieve any items.
Artefacts that have been retrieved are identified as far as
possible using a number of different reference points
available to us. One major advantage is the wealth of
knowledge that our group already has which usually gives us
a good starting point.
Should an item be perceived to be of significance then it is
recorded by location, type, material, estimated age etc and
logged with the Portable Antiquities Scheme to ensure any
information on important finds is made available to a wider
Reports of significant finds are made available to initially the landowner and,
if required, to a wider audience (for example, a presentation
at a village hall.) Care is taken to ensure geographical
details are kept to a minimum to all except the landowner
who would have full finds details.