North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society
This is the process of walking the fields after they have been ploughed, harrowed, drilled and rolled. The object is to recover items buried in the soil that show themselves upon the surface.
It is essential that after the field has been drilled there is some substantial rainfall followed by a period of drying. This washes off the artefacts and then allows the soil to dry so that damage is not caused either to the field or any growing crops.
In past times the fields were manured or 'night-
Firstly, following the processing of the field, a base line is identified that can be 'fixed' at either end by measuring to a fixed point. Then a 10x10m grid system is set up using tapes and offsets so that the entire field is set out in 10x10m grid squares or part-
We are trying to walk as many fields within the Parish boundary as we can. We have the permission of most, but not all Landowners, to conduct this survey on their land.
Once the bagged artefacts are collected up the contents are washed and dried maintaining the integrity of the contents of each bag. The items are then identified, catalogued and entered onto a Database.
We have access to a large field-
The 'Finds' Database has currently just short of 4,000 entries and a count of over 6000 items.
We welcome new field-
Local school children field walking
Field Walking 2009