Ref. Paul Burford reply.
Can I ask you do you personally hold any artefacts coins pottery anything at
all if so how did you come by them.
Field walking I think you would have to be extremely lucky to find any thing
metallic, perhaps the odd horse shoe, etc.
Many artefacts are disregarded during the investigation of archaeological
when the topsoil
is removed either by hand or by machine. This is a fact.
Why not enlist the help of people extremely experienced in the use of metal
to recover these so precious artefacts. Very often maybe years later a home
a coin or artefact in his newly built garden HOW MANY ITEMS ARE LOST FOR GOOD
because of the outdated views of the few.
There is an army people out there ready to help given the chance.
I have no knowledge of you Paul you sound to be a bit of a dinosaur, perhaps
a new career
would help. Nothing in life lasts forever its time for archaeologists to
realise that they do not own our heritage. The man in the street does and he wants
to be involved.