The team finally finished up on site and were back in Southampton at 7.30pm on Saturday putting all of the equipment back. Some more recording of the medieval site is needed – mainly photographs – with Dom and Rachel heading up for a few hours this week to complete it. However all in all it was quite a successful season, even with the awful weather that we experienced at the outset.
The Geophysical Surveys
The geophysics was conducted very much as a training exercise with the students. The results did indicate a number of promising features. The magnetometry over the Romano-British field revealed some of the features surveyed and Continue reading
Plenty has happened in the last week, which means that I haven’t had time to write anything up here. Firstly on the medieval site, the team have completed cleaning back and have been excavating features, including a possible robber trench and wheel ruts at the entrance to the site.
Apologies for the lack of a post here over the last few days. All have been grafting hard on site, and things have moved on at a pace, but there hasn’t really been much time to report.
At the start of the week we had Cat, Sarah and Ellie, postgraduates from the University of Southampton, join us on site for some well-earned reprieve from studying. Cat came along to get the building survey in order, with Ellie and Sarah hoping to dust off their digging experience and put in some trowelling hours.
The last couple of days on the project were very productive. All pre-excavation plans and context records are done and trenches 11 and 12 have been sub-divided with sondages across the principal features. The ditch in trench 11 has given up a fair amount of burnt flint and flint flakes and cores, making the team wonder if it predates the Roman terracing upslope. The upper silty matrix came down on to a layer of flint nodules and flakes yeasterday which the team got through with admirable speed and efficiency. Continue reading
A late update this evening I am afraid. All went brilliantly today on site, although things started slowly in the morning with lots of recording still to do on all trenches. The aim today was to record trench 10 before backfilling, and to continue and finish pre-excavation plans of trenches 11 and 12 prior to continuing the excavation.
I haven’t been keeping up with the blog over the last few days as there has not been a lot to report, although today we have been rained off site so there is time to update. Most of the work on Thursday, Friday and Saturday focused on continuing the geophysical survey and topographic survey over the landscape, with teams cleaning back at trenches 11 and 12, and recording the few features in trench 10. The end of deturfing on Thursday provided the opportunity for one of our more creative students to produce a few works of art. Continue reading