MAAG Blog 2017

22nd September 2017

A glorious September day meant that we made good progress digging, but the photography was compromised by the bright sunshine.

Sandra finally finished her trench, which contained a very nice and not inconsequential ditch running south west, north east. There is nothing to suggest that this ditch is not a Roman feature, however it is notoriously difficult to date the original digging of a ditch. Interestingly there seem to have been one or more pits dug into the fill of the ditch before it was finally filled in.

In trench 17F we are still struggling to nail down some ephemeral features. Much progress was made on Friday and the shallow ditch crossing the trench has now been removed to reveal the extent of the burnt feature beneath.

In trench 17D with building six, Gill has been doing a splendid job in the extended section to the east and David has made a start removing the last section that was the barrow run in the south western corner.

17th September 2017

Another good digging day with only the last fifteen minutes curtailed through rain. Good progress was made in all trenches and we were very fortunate to be able to access the services of a drone to take some aerial photos and video.

In Sandra's trench 17G, she is in sight of the base of the ditch. This image from the drone shows the direction of the ditch running southwest through the nearby building two and three.

 

Here is a vertical shot of building six from the drone. Unfortunately, due to the trees, many of the trenches were not accessible. 

15th September 2017

Lovely weather on site allowed us to get plenty done today.

In Sandra's trench 17G she is still digging through the heavy clay fill but the bottom is now in sight. A secondary pit dug into the ditch was excavated today, containing only a number of large animal bones.

In the other trench 17F, we have seen a tantalising area of stones emerge along the northern side of the trench. Ignore the two modern hop strainers, the stones appear to be arranged in a rough line. Early days to diagnose this feature yet. At the other end of the trench it is clear that we have a small section of the road surface seen in the adjacent trench, as well as the associated ditch.

in the main trench with building 6 John has been doing a great job extending the trench to the east to see whether the road surface and drain feature continue. 

10th September 2017

Today was our open day, and despite a brief shower at lunchtime it remained dry. Much of the day was taken up with preparations to receive visitors, and the regular diggers did a magnificent job of clearing stones and weeds and uncovering the trenches. Those who came to see the site hopefully will have a better understanding and some may be inspired to come and lend a trowel!

8th September 2017

Unfortunately we only got a couple of hours work in before the rain stopped play. Lets hope we have better weather on Sunday.

3rd September 2017

Perfect weather for photography today, cloudy sky but dry and still, we took advantage to get a good overview of building six from the scaffold tower.

Elsewhere Sandra is making good progress with her ditch, 

and Elizabeth's trench is also progressing, revealing more of what looks like a small lime mortar kiln.

1st September 2017

Weather was fine and allowed us to do more work in all of our trenches.

The main point of note was in Sandra's trench 17G, where she came across a small square stake hole underneath a layer of large stones which seems to have been a common method of stabilising ditches on the site when they are no longer required. The stake was sharpened to a point and was driven into the ground about a foot. The outer edges of the hole were baked hard, and the fill was very dark loose soil possibly caused by the decaying timber. There was no sign of any burning.

I have copied here for reference the plans seen in the latest MAAG newsletter.



28th August 2017

Hot and humid but we managed to make good progress.

Sandra's ditch is progressing well and looks to be a smaller feature than expected. In the building six trench work on the newly extended eastern side has exposed the metalled surface in front of the eastern entrance, and also what looks like a drain, (rather than a wall), running east off the building from the northern side of the doorway. The metalling seems to stop at this drain feature, suggesting that this is a track leading to the building from the east.



An unstratified coin was found on the spoil heap. 

It is difficult to make out, but it has been identified as a coin of Emperor Victorinus with a Virtus reverse (269-271).

20th August 2017

A fine day on site and good progress made in all of the active trenches.

Over building six Mike has now uncovered most of the metalled surface that appears to be running outside of the building to the east, and it is still going under the baulk.

The large trench where the decorated Samian came from, 17F, is progressing well. After cutting a slot along the southern baulk we have uncovered a small hearth, containing chalk fragments, which has been cut into one of the fills of a much larger feature, probably a ditch.

Sandra's new trench is now becoming much clearer and the edge of another ditch feature running north-east can clearly be seen. Although we have been recovering large quantities of pottery, there have been no finds of note.

Next week we will be back to digging on Friday and Sunday.

18th August 2017

We have had a good few days on site, barely interrupted by rain.

Sandra has been valiantly battling with her deep trench, and she has finally reached a stage where it can be put to bed. It appears that there is a ditch, and a possible re-cut ditch running alongside the area of metalling, which might add up to a road. Alternatively it may just be a yard surface. She has now started work on another trench close to the storage sheds where we hope to pick up a number of features that we believe may cross that area of the site.

In the trench over building six, 17D, Mike and new member Gill have been working on the new area to the east. So far this appears to be coming down onto another rough metalled surface outside of the building.

We also had young diggers on site who worked enthusiastically to remove two hop strainers from the trench. It is refreshing to see youngsters getting involved.

15th August 2017

Here is an update from Steven Willis from the University of Kent who is a renowned expert in Samian pottery, and was very excited by our recent discovery.

He says, "Although I have only so far viewed the photograph of this decorated samian ware bowl, its striking features are sufficiently distinctive to enable a date and style to be suggested with some confidence. The sherd is from a Dragendorff 37 bowl form and seemingly a small example of the type. Small versions of the form are occasionally seen in the output of the production centre at Les Martres-de-Veyre in central France (Central Gaul), and this item appears to be from this source. The strong red of the gloss finish is another indicator that would suggest such an origin, though to be certain it is always important to view a fresh clip of the fabric (clay paste) of samian vessels as views of these 'breaks' are often quite indicative of specific source if you know the traits to look out for. This bowl is unusual for a samian ware Drag 37 in that the upper margin of the decoration is not the normal ovolo type (which itself can occur in a great range of variations) but rather a band of small uninhabited rings between fairly fine bead dot borders. Below is the main design which is arranged in panels. To the left are the hind quarters of  a crouching animal, perhaps a large hare but more likely this seems to be a 'big cat'; closer examination would probably verify this, or suggest a different animal. The bead border to the right of this animal is composed of flattened beads, rather lenticular and distinctive. This border has a rosette masking the junction with the horizontal row at the top, as is often seen with panel designs. As with the rest of the design this is particularly clear and crisp with separate beads forming the rosette; this rosette is Stanfield and Simpson's  Fig. 11 No. 13. In the panel to the right is the head of a leaping lion similar to Felix Oswald's type 1450, only a smaller variant; note the detail of the flowing mane, as this really is top quality expressive figure-work by the person who made the impressions in the mould for this bowl. The wavy line above the lion to its right is unlikely to be its tail and is not seemingly a snake; perhaps more research will suggest what this relates to. The colour, quality, ring band, rosette, bordering and animals point strongly to this bowl being in the style of Donnacvsvs. Bowls in the style of Donnacusus show parallels for the rosette, bordering and arrangements and in the occasional replacement of the ovolo with creative alternatives (cf. J-R. Terrisse 1968 Les Ceramiques sigillees gallo-romaines des Martres-de-Veyre) which is a practice extremely rare with other samian bowl makers of the second century with the occasional exception such as Libertus. The ring band can be seen on bowls attributed to this style from Binchester and Corbridge (though between wavy lines) while the lion occurs on a bowl in this style from Corbridge (J. Stanfield and G. Simpson Central Gaulish Potters  Pl. 47 no 558) the ring border with bead margin, together with the rosette and the lion appear on a bowl in this style from London (Stanfield and Simpson Pl. 45 no 522). Les Martres-de-Veyre ware was imported into Britain in numbers only for a short period at the start of the second century AD and this piece dates to that time. The samian from this source, as we seem to be seeing here, is often very high quality even by the standards of Roman samian ware. A date for this piece of c. AD 100-120/130 appears highly likely. I look forward to viewing the piece in the hand; only then can one be completely assured of the details of what can be a complex subject of study." 

Addendum: "Viewing a second photograph of this item it is apparent that the wavy ridge-line at the top right of the design here may simply be a space filler of no specific form (an occasional characteristic on the designs of this mould maker). Equally,  it is also clearer that what seemed like the hind quarters of a 'big cat' are indeed that of a crouching panther, closely similar to Felix Oswald's type 1564, a type with a long pedigree amongst Central Gaulish potters. As this is a panel design the lion should not be understood as leaping to pounce upon the panther; that might happen in a so-called freestyle design where there are no panels, but with such divisions (as here) the decorative images within panels are typically unrelated, which also explains the difference in the size of these featured animals."

13th August 2017

Fine weather accompanied hard work in all trenches today.

Mike and John continued to extend the trench over building six to the east, exposing the demolition layer and making a good start removing it. Sandra removed yet more soil in her trench which continues to baffle, although it does look as though she has finally reached a natural layer. And in the latest trench Gillian and Tanya did splendid work digging out a feature in the south west corner. Finds were few today but Gillian did find another nice piece of decorated Samian which looks as though it was a companion piece to a shard that we found last week from the same context, showing signs of having been repaired.

Next week will be the last week that I am able to be on site on Wednesday and Thursday.

11th August 2017

Blessed sunshine after the rain of the last two days! A good day on site allowed us to extend the main trench over building six to the east, despite a very muddy process.

Sandra's trench continues to go down although we are now starting to see some other features emerging that may mean that the end is in sight.

And work is progressing on the other trench, with the features gradually emerging. No major finds to report.

10th August 2017

Having said in a previous entry that we were unlikely to attempt to expand the trench to the east, we have now made a start doing just that! Despite yesterday's rain which arrived as forecast, Mike was able to make a good showing. Unfortunately today the rain stopped play, contrary to the forecast, allowing us to only get an hour or so between showers. 

6th August 2017

A dry day after yesterday's rain meant a productive day on site today. 

We concentrated mainly on the new trench, 17F, where the extra attention is starting to pay off, showing the features at the western end more clearly. There are a lot of stone and roof tile fragments indicating some structures nearby. Star finds from this trench were some nice pieces of decorated Samian pottery which we have not seen very much on this site, and indicate that this area is an early context 1st/2nd century.

Site Update

As many will know the property on which the site sits has been on the market for a number of years, and the owner has now accepted an offer for the house including the area where we have been excavating. It is likely that we will have to leave the site when the ownership changes. However it can take sometime for the conveyancing process to complete and we have been allowed to remain on site whilst it is still under the current ownership. In light of this we will be trying very hard to complete all of the work that we have started this season and would appreciate all the help that we can get.

3rd August 2017

Another fine yet blustery day allowed us to get more done on site.

Don't forget to 'right click' and select 'view in a new window' for an enlarged view.

A great deal of hard work has been put into the north eastern area of the building revealing a number of interesting features. We can now see what looks like the continuation of the central wall heading north away from the building. This is interesting as we know that there is already another wall heading in the same direction only a few feet away, suggesting that this new wall must have been removed at some time, before the rest of the building.

There is also the hint of another wall foundation heading east from the northern side of the entrance. This would require us to remove more of the baulk to explore that further and we are unlikely to have time to do that.

We have also uncovered the foundations of another infill structure between the north wall and the central wall, similar to that seen on the southern side. These could have been stone benches perhaps?

In the doorway we have uncovered more of a stone lined structure, possibly a drain, that is in line with the linear feature running through the centre of the building. This could be coincidental. Interestingly it was partially covered by an opus signinum floor surface which we removed earlier.

Underneath a final layer of soil and a layer of stones we have found a number of post holes dug into the natural ragstone. The style and fill of these echo the large hole that Elizabeth was digging in the centre of the building. These holes now appear to be post holes related to a structure that pre-dates the building that sits over it. The few finds that have emerged from these features suggest that they are Roman in origin.

Elsewhere, Sandra has been working hard removing large quantities of material from her trench. We were making the assumption that she was excavating a ditch, however what is now emerging is a section of metalled surface that stops abruptly, with no obvious sides, just occupation layers running under the surface. This is now looking more like it could be a road surface, especially given the slope which could be a camber.

30th July 2017

A good turn out and dry weather meant we got a lot done today.

The feature at the centre of building six is continuing to baffle whilst it gets deeper. Elizabeth has just about managed to remove all of the loose soil, however the circular feature seems to contain stones that are running off under the walls and floor of the building, suggesting that it was an earlier feature than the building.

Gillian that been doing a great job of cleaning around the building and has revealed what might be two additional walls running off to the north and east into the baulks where we are unlikely to be able to verify this.

Sandra's ditch is steadily moving eastwards within the trench, but at least she has less to dig.

A four digger team started a new trench to the south of Sandra's trench and quickly established an interesting feature in the western half that we will have to investigate further.

For the next two or three weeks I will be on site on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as the usual Friday and Sunday catching up with the recording, so if anyone would like to come along on those days you are very welcome. 

28th July 2017

A good day on site with the rain only catching up with us for the last hour.

Gillian John and Mike all made excellent progress cleaning up building 6, allowing us to see that there is the remains of a rough cobbled surface below the opus signinum floor on the eastern half of the building. The feature cut through the floor in the centre of the building is still a bit of a mystery, however Debbie and Elizabeth both did great work excavating the central feature with the large stone, which, once removed, allowed us to see that the this feature is deep.

Sandra is continuing to work on her ditch feature, and another trench to the north has been started. Star find from Gillian was a piece of stamped Samian ware which came from a context just outside the building in the north eastern corner which we think maybe a continuation of the ditch that Sandra is digging. The piece of Samian is tentatively identified as the base of a platter (Dragendorff 18/31) and was made in the 2nd century by a potter named Bellicus who worked in Lezoux, central Gaul. (Thanks to Elizabeth for the photo).

23rd July 2017

Another productive day that just managed to stay dry for the duration. John and Annette did great work exposing more of the compacted surface to the west of the building, which looks very much a rough surface made up of broken tile and small stones with several large areas of natural bedrock protruding.

The central feature cut through the centre of the building looks much more regular and deliberate, rather than being the product of water run-off, and there has also been revealed a narrow channel with some burning associated with it, and at the centre is what appears to be some sort of ritual deposit dug into the centre of the building containing a large stone.



Sandra and Tanya continued to work in the large ditch which is now moving into a lower fill.

21st July 2017

A very pleasant day on site after all of the rain earlier in the week. John and Albert did fine work cleaning up the western entrance to the site to reveal more of the remains of the metalled surface extending away from the building.

Good progress was made by Sandra and Gillian in the trench with the large ditch, and the star find was a ring key. These were often for Jewellery boxes and were a sign of affluence. Many were produced which did not open anything and were merely there to confer a false impression of wealth on the wearer. From the small size of this one it is clear that the wearer was likely to be a woman or child. Also found was a small section of another bone pin.

9th July 2017

A good day on site with glorious, if hot, weather. More work was done to expose the metalled surface extending away from the building through the western entrance. Sandra and Gillian have been continuing to work on the ditch, which is producing a modest amount of pottery. Albert and Annette also did great work cleaning up the stonework ready for recording.

Shown here a screen grab of composite 3D image generated through multiple photos of the building.

Please note: There will be no digging on site on either Friday the 14th July or Sunday 16th July due to a lack of supervisors.

7th July 2017

Apologies, no blog today due to no phone line.

2nd July 2017

A beautiful day on site, but very quiet. Ideal conditions for recording and general tidying up. Sandra continued the work on her ditch, and the only find of note was part of a copper alloy ornament found on the spoil heap.

30th June 2017

We managed to avoid the rain on site on Friday and did more valuable work on building six. Albert discovered two post holes whilst clearing the outside of the south western corner of the building, and a metalled surface is starting to emerge at the south eastern corner underneath the opus signinum floor, which is clearly a re-surfacing. It is also clear that the wall was repaired with the same mortar.

Sandra is continuing to work on her ditch which produced the star find, another coin, from the hill wash. Tentatively dated to 385AD Gratian.

25th June 2017

Perfect weather for archaeology and a good turn-out meant that we made excellent progress on building six which is approaching a time when it can be recorded. A lot of hard work was put in today to clean off residual material which makes understanding what we are seeing much easier. A new section was opened up to the west of the entrance, to see whether we have a trackway leading to the building and whether the drainage feature cutting through the middle of the building continues.

Sandra is making good progress with her trench revealing the top of the ditch.

 

23rd June 2017

A good dry day in which we were able to do more work on building six, cleaning the area around the so called drain. It is clear that there has been an intervention through the building, but it is not at all certain when that occurred. It may have been a deep plough in more modern times, or it could be a crude drainage system in the late Roman period whilst the building was in ruins. More work should answer that one.

Sandra is continuing to work on her trench with the ditch section.

Star find was another small radiate copy coin from about 275AD found in the layer above the floor in building six, suggesting that the building was demolished in the late third century.

18th June 2017

Very hot and humid today, but good progress was made regardless.

We continued the work of removing the demolition layers over building six, and what was revealed was a number of different floor surfaces that as yet we don't know how they relate to each other. In places there is the remains of an opus signinum floor and in other places a metalled stone floor. The drain like feature seen earlier now appears to be cut through the centre of the building but beneath the demolition. More remains to be done, but the more that we do, the clearer it will become.

Elsewhere, Sandra has started a new trench to the south of building six, and is starting to reveal a ditch. She was rewarded very quickly with a large early coin, a Sestertius of Hadrian, reverse, Hadrian on horseback, dated 126AD.

Other coins have also been found recently, another large coin was found by metal detector in what may turn out to be another section of the same ditch running under the eastern side of building six. Another Sestertius of Hadrian, dated 125-138AD.

As well as two radiate coins, one from the spoil heap, a copy of Tetricus I dated 274-286AD
and one from inside the building, a copy of Victorinus, reverse Pax again dated 274-286AD..

We will be resuming digging on Friday for those who wish to come along from the 23rd of June.

2nd June 2017

A good day on site today although very humid.

More work was done on building six on the eastern side of the trench to remove some of the demolition material. This picture is complicated by six hop strainers that had been inserted through this side of the building, but we are starting to see the building emerging. Today we revealed that the southeastern corner matches the south western corner and appears to terminate, leaving a large opening. This is starting to look like the gatehouse postulated by some. We are also starting to see a floor surface, but it is too early to say whether it covers the whole building.

Sandra has almost finished her trench, revealing a short section of what looks like a ditch with a terminus at the southern end.

Star find from Sandra was a very nice complete bone pin.

Digging on Fridays is suspended for two weeks due to a lack of supervisors. Resumes 23rd June.

28th May 2017

A fine day for archaeology and a good turn out ensured a productive day.

More work was done in the main trench over building six allowing us to see the whole building for the first time. It is clear that there are more surprises in store once the remainder of the demolition material is removed from the central section.

In Sandra's trench, 17B, she has started excavating what we thought was a ditch, but it is confounding expectations. It now looks as though the feature is running in the same direction as the wall and metalling, and what we thought was one the side of the ditch is in fact a terminus. Or it could be a straight sided pit! As we have a very truncated view of this feature it is hard to tell until all of the fill is removed.

Star find from Sandra's ditch was a bone implement, possibly a stylus.

26th May 2017

Hot and sunny on site, especially in the afternoon.

Sandra is continuing to make progress in the northern trench 17B, now starting to remove the fill from the ditch. Painted wall plaster and Opus Signinum amongst the finds so far.

In the central trench over building 6, 17D, the main development is the discovery of a drain or culvert running out of the building to the east. This was an unexpected feature and doubtless will not be fully explained until we clear more of the demolition material from over the building.

Don't forget to 'right click' and select 'view in a new window' for an enlarged view.

21st May 2017

A beautiful day on site, and a select group of diggers, we managed to remove a large quantity of the hill wash over building six ready for further excavation in the upcoming weeks. No star finds, but a gold star for effort for those who worked so hard today!

19th May 2017

A bonus day in some ways, as the weather forecast did not look promising, but as it happened we managed to get a full days digging in and make some progress.

In Sandra's trench the wall appears to have turned into an area of metalling, suggesting either a trackway or some sort of yard area.

We have an update on the coin from last week from the coin expert, it is an antoninianus of Tetricus II dated 274. 

14th May 2017

A fine dry day allowed us to make good progress.

In the main building six trench, 17D, some progress was made clearing up areas left from Friday, and we have made a good start removing a final block of overburden in the middle.

In the trench to the north following the 'boundary wall', 17B, Sandra has made good progress, although it is not clear whether the linear feature that she is following is the wall or a metalled surface.

Star finds were a bone gaming counter and a coin from Sandra's trench, and another very indistinct coin from the hill wash layer of building six.

12th May 2017

At last we got some rain, but we could have done with it on another day when we weren't on site! However we managed to dodge the showers and get some good work done.

Mike Lockett has been working on the south side of building six, and managed to expose a curious secondary wall abutting the inside of the building. The mortar is different to the main structure, suggesting that it is a different phase, but for such a small building it is difficult to speculate its purpose at this stage.

On the north side of the building the central internal wall is now clear, although the outer wall of the building has been heavily robbed out.

7th May 2017

A good dry day and a good turn out meant that we could get a lot done in the central trench (17D). We are well on our way to fully exposing the north and south walls of the building, which should give us more information about our enigmatic central wall. Also revealed today a small area of a compacted stone floor.

5th May 2017

A dry if slightly chilly day allowed more progress in the central trench with building six, and in Sandra's trench to the north following the external wall. Star find from Sandra's trench was a small bronze brooch, only the second found on the site.

30th April 2017

Another dry day almost perfect for archaeology.

More progress in all trenches with the stand out development being what looks like another wall internally to building six.

Sandra has been working in the wall trench to the north, and has been producing a number of star finds, including an antler shaped to be used as a tool and a bone pin.


28th April 2017

A good days digging, with progress made in all trenches. The central trench has been completed so Sandra and Tanya can be redeployed elsewhere.

23rd April 2017

More dry weather helped to progress all of the trenches.

Mike, Albert and John Durling have been working on the newly discovered wall to the south of building six and the area around, which has allowed us to see the construction of the wall better.

In Sandra's trench the narrow wall heading north has now been fully exposed. We had a question mark at the end of last year as to the way that it might or might not meet up with the wall running off the corner of building six, as the two did not seem to match in width or line. It is now apparent that the two walls are indeed the same, and that there is an interruption to the wall which may have been caused during the demolition process or perhaps later. 

In Gillian and John's trench we appear to be seeing a reappearance of the wall from Sandra's trench, but not on the alignment that we were expecting, once again confounding expectations underneath one of the trees!

Star finds are a coin found by Elizabeth in the demolition layer of building six,

And an antler handle, possibly for a knife, found by Sandra.

21st April 2017

A well attended Friday session meant that we made good solid progress in all trenches, but no outstanding developments to report.

16th April 2017

Much progress was made in all trenches today as a result of the hard work put in by everyone on site. Some of the ground is still very hard and dry as we have not had any serious rain for several weeks now.

In the central large trench (17D) Mike and Debbie continued the work started on Friday to expose the new wall heading south from the middle of the south wall of building six. It is immediately clear that it is a much more substantial wall than that heading north off the northwest corner. The mortar in this new wall matches that seen in the structure of the building and it would appear to have been conceived as an integral part of the building rather than merely abutting it.

In the central trench (17C) Sandra and Tanya have been battling a particularly hard dry area where a large tree was removed. This finally paid off with the wall that they have been struggling to uncover starting to emerge. Early signs are that it is going to confound expectations, as usual!

In John and Gillian's trench things are again not going as expected. The robbed out wall line that they were following has disappeared, and a new feature has appeared crossing it, northwest to southeast, which looks like a ditch at the moment. To complicate matters a void has appeared courtesy of some old animal burrows!

But if the archaeology always followed the script it wouldn't be nearly as interesting. So we are well into this years digging with a flying start and more surprises to come no doubt. 

We will be continuing with weekday digging on a Friday for the next few weeks at least, so do come along if you can.


14th April 2017

Our first Friday of the year produced a good turnout.

More work was done in all trenches, but the stand-out development was in Mike's trench on the southern wall of building six, where he revealed an unexpected new wall running off to the south, about half way along the southern wall of the building.

9th April 2017

Another good day on site accompanied by fabulous weather, although maybe a little too hot for heavy digging

All trenches progressed well with David revealing the southern wall of building six in his trench. This appears to be at a higher level than the corner revealed at the end of last year, suggesting that the corners may have been knocked out to facilitate the demolition of the building.

Annette finally revealed the northern wall after removing one of the hop anchors. Again this was at a shallower depth than we might have expected.

Sandra and new member Kay struggled with the hard ground in their trench and Gillian and John made good progress with theirs.

Star find from Gillian was a great piece of Roman glass vessel with engraved lettering. No doubt the experts will be able to shed some light on this one.

I will be opening the site on Good Friday if anyone would like to come along to dig, weather permitting of course.


2nd April 2017

Fine weather enticed a good turn out of diggers today, and we were able to make more progress in the large trench with Mike starting to expand on last year's trench to see the southern wall of building six.

Annette and John During did great work revealing the extent of last year's excavations from underneath their protective layers of soil. 

Gillian and John Tully made a start on the northern trench which we hope will give us more information about the robbed out wall there. 

Tanya and Sandra battled against some very hard ground in the central trench to define the feature found there last week (denoted by the dotted line). Tanya has obviously got her coin spotting eye in as she found another one today, alas only a halfpenny from 1917, which probably accompanied the military button also found on the spoil heap, no doubt from the first world war great coats used on the fields as fertiliser.

26th March 2017

Fine weather for our second day back on site. We did more work to clear the main trench over building six, removing the protective soil that we had used to cover the walls, and tidying up the edges. Tanya and Sandra made good progress on their area of the trench and were able to make a start on new archaeology, revealing a feature running east west back in the direction of building one. 

Star find was a coin from this feature, found by Tanya, which looks like Constantine I 335 - 341AD, but lets see what the experts think.

19th March 2017

Our first day back on site this year. Following two days last week with Mike Howard doing a splendid job on the mechanical digger and dumper preparing a number of trenches. Today we had a good turn out and dry weather for a good clear up of the main trench to look at building six which we partially saw last year.


24th February 2017

This is the first entry for 2017, which we hope will produce some exciting archaeology. 

Our first day on site digging is scheduled for the 19th of March, weather permitting. We are intending to remove the topsoil from this year's trenches in the preceding week.