Metal detection survey
Surface artifact collection survey is conducted with the aid of metal detectors. The prospection usually covers an area of ca. 3000 sq. m. This area is divided into several squares, each 30 m long, and searched with two metal detectors spanning sections 2.5 m wide at each run. The spatial position of each artefact discovered on the ground is recorded by hand-held GPS device. Methodical prospecting in this manner produces a significant number of metal artifacts.
The assemblage collected so far reflects the history of Novae with Late Roman and Byzantine finds clearly in predominance. The most numerous group of metal objects consists of iron and lead building elements, but several dozen coins were found as well, including silver denarius the 3rd 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|