Metal detection surveys
Surface artefact collection is conducted with the aid of metal detectors. The prospection made at Novae usually covered an area of ca. 3000 sq. m. The chosen area was divided into several squares, each 30 m long, and surveyed with two metal detectors, spanning sections 2.5 m wide at each run. The spatial position of each artefact and metal waste (including modern) was recorded by hand held GPS device. The archaeological prospections carried in this manner produces a significant number of metal finds which allow ,among others, to estimate the number of ancient finds and modern metal pollution of the site.
The assemblage collected so far reflects the history of Novae with the Late Roman and Byzantine finds clearly in predominance. The most numerous are iron and lead building elements, but several dozen coins were found as well, including coins dated from the 1st to the 6th century AD.
Apart from it, the collected material includes two lead seals, one of them being an imperial seal of Justinian I, numerous arrowheads, fragments of lead mirrors with floral ornaments, elements of military equipment and fibulae.
|Iron balteus fitting. Phot. P. Jaworski||Fragment of a lead mirror. Phot. P. Jaworski|