Monday, 14 September 2015

Skeleton with Shield Boss Found in Ploughsoil in field near Nether Heyford

Callum Jones, '5th century skeleton with shield boss uncovered in field near Nether Heyford', Daventry Express 14th September 2015 
A skeleton dating from the 5th century has been uncovered in a field near a Northamptonshire village. Metal detectorists Dave Derby and Alan Standish found the skeleton in a field near Nether Heyford after they picked up a signal from a shield boss that was buried with the body. 
But they were only detecting in the ploughsoil, of course as the code of praqctice says thaqt responible detectorists will... And they were targeting a known site it seems: [...] 
The site, known as Whitehall Farm, where the skeleton was found is near to where a Roman villa was located 15 years ago. [...]  The last major dig on the Whitehall Farm site, which is owned by Nick Adams, was in 2012. Since the first discoveries in 1996, volunteer archaeologists from around the world have offered their time to dig trenches, uncovering more than 250,000 artefacts in just over a decade. The historic haul of goods includes 560 coins, 20 brooches, six rings, 32,000 animal bones, 20,000 fragments of pot and many other finds.
So let's dig up some more.

Trench layout/excavation strategy fail:

look at this mess!

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