To wet the appetite for this season here is a picture of some metal detecting finds from one site in the middle of the southern Jordanian desert.
The picture shows variety of Ottoman army uniform buttons displaying the definitive crescent and star, some other buttons, a couple of coins and other bits typically lost and subsequently found at a military camp site. Also at the bottom is a personal seal matrix which has lost it's holding stem, next to an intact personal seal.
To the left of the picture is the archaeologist's main weapon of choice - the WHS trowel. With its tough 4 inch forged carbon steel blade variants of this tool have been used on archaeological sites throughout the world, helping to unearth and preserve historically important artifacts everywhere.