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 Post subject: Ridge and Furrow
PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:57 pm 
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I am looking forward to detecting on some considerable areas of ridge and furrow on my friend's farm in Lincolnshire where I also do some deerstalking.

The area is not scheduled but has been pasture for at least four generations that we can be sure of.
There has been no detecting on the farm.

I would appreciate any advice/tips before I start with my E-Trac.

I received Norfolk Wolf's and Andy Sabisch's books for Christmas, so lots of reading to get my head around there. :xmasbiggrin .


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 5:20 pm 
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what you need is an experienced person to help you can be tricky too start with :hahaha:
jocking apart just go slow with the etrac and dig all the signals until you are confidant
anything with a 12 will be good :g50:



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Fingers crossed for you Wigeon :g62:
At least you know that that area had intense human activity so a good chance of finds.

I mentioned "Ridge & Furrow" at a club where I used to be a member and an attempt was made to try and publicly humiliate me in front of everyone there. Anyway, that's history and it hasn't done The PAST team any harm :g42: :hahaha:

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 Post subject: Re: Ridge and Furrow
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Where pasture land has not been disturbed by the plough for many years, is this likely to mean that targets will have sunk deeper than on cultivated fields ?

Is this a case for going to manual sensitivity increasing it until the machine chatters too much or is auto +3 just as likely to produce finds ?
I have found auto+3 very stable so far.

I have used my E TRAC a great deal since October so have become familiar with the signals, but on very different ground (fen peat) to the ridge and furrow pasture, owned by my friend. I have been using line 31 ferrous discrimination for some time now, instead of the 'coins' pattern. It is a simple pattern recommended by Desreally and it has worked well for me on the fen peat.

Should I now also be experimenting with 'recovery deep' too ? I have read quite a bit about this feature which simply seems to amplify faint signals, if I understand it correctly ?
I have a 13''coil as well as the stock coil.

I hope these are not completely daft questions as I am simply trying to avoid going off at a tangent through relative inexperience.


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Fingers crossed for you Wigeon :g62:
At least you know that that area had intense human activity so a good chance of finds.

I mentioned "Ridge & Furrow" at a club where I used to be a member and an attempt was made to try and publicly humiliate me in front of everyone there. Anyway, that's history and it hasn't done The PAST team any harm :g42: :hahaha:

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Oooo. Do tell.


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Barbados_Rum wrote:
Fingers crossed for you Wigeon :g62:
At least you know that that area had intense human activity so a good chance of finds.

I mentioned "Ridge & Furrow" at a club where I used to be a member and an attempt was made to try and publicly humiliate me in front of everyone there. Anyway, that's history and it hasn't done The PAST team any harm :g42: :hahaha:

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Oooo. Do tell.

I have a sneaky suspicion what BR was referring to - but as this is a family show!! :ignore:



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interesting thing to check... i asked about some ridge and furrow fields round here, but they are in fact scheduled. farmer is allowed to graze sheep on them but thats it..



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interesting thing to check... i asked about some ridge and furrow fields round here, but they are in fact scheduled. farmer is allowed to graze sheep on them but thats it..

Thanks for that. I have checked and the fields are not scheduled but as they are quite large, I am trying to get a steer on the best way to go about it but without much luck to date. Perhaps being able to detect ridge and furrow is an unusual privilege so not much experience about ?


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I have dtected ridge and furrow a few times in the past, but found nothing older than georgian. I suspect that you may have better luck with the e-trac as we were using Laser B1's at the time. Good luck, its worth a try!



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you also need to check that the field(s) are not encompassed in the Natural England stewardship schemes..........it is my understanding that t detect pasture that has bee undisturbed for 5+ years is a no no.



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you also need to check that the field(s) are not encompassed in the Natural England stewardship schemes..........it is my understanding that t detect pasture that has bee undisturbed for 5+ years is a no no.

Thanks, I was not aware of this possibility, so will check it out.


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Hi. I don't know where in Lincolnshire you are going but this is a link to Lidar site that covers alot of that area and may be some help.http://enfarchsoc.org/opendata/
If you need any local advice drop me a line and if I can help in any way I will.



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I think perhaps dig the furrows as the soil will be thinner?


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:42 pm 
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Deep on, minimum amount of disc ,sens as high as it will will go without chatter and unwanted noise.hold coil on the grass noise cancel,go slow and steady' coil as close as you can to the surface,finds will be deep good luck.


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Thanks everyone for the comments and tips. I have an archaeologist friend calling round this morning to show me how to use the lidar site posted by Evo as I couldn't figure it out. The farm is clearly covered by the lidar site though. Thanks again.


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