Sunday, 30 September 2018

End of Season #1 at Stalbridge

This years digging has been a great success, with many new diggers and many questions answered as to the structural features of Stalbridge House, especially the discovery of the Great Drain. Lets hope that the 'Great Seller' will be found next season.

We have had some lovely finds (see below) and visits from local schools, the Open Day and plans for more talks open to all villagers and people in the area.

As for other projects in West Dorset, we have started geophiz surveys at Symondsbury and look forward to doing the same at the Fleet site soon. Keep looking in for those results. 

More special finds

Nice wooden button

Lovely fragment of glass, probably a goblet and 17th c. 

Fragment of architrave as seen on the painting between the floor levels.

Profile of the architrave.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Special find

Nice find came up this week on the Stalbridge site. Some letters can be discerned. 

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Open Day pix

Members visit the site.

Chris explains the wall sequence that proves the refurbishment of the house.

Members see the corner of the house in trench G1 

The pony takes an interest too.

Chris going through the seasons digging and some of the finds.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Open Day

The Open Day for members of DDCAG & SHS went very well, with c. 30 people coming to the talks and visiting the site. A general open day for non-members and Stalbridge villagers will be organized later. We may have pix to show later too.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Jamb yesterday

Some new features came up this week. More walls, heading SE led to a possible door jamb with a nice in situ floor surface. Our digger John suggests that this is internal and 90 degrees to the outside entrance. Interesting. That is the thing with archaeology - new diggers can come up with ideas just like any old lag and help to make sense of complicated sites.   

Possible wall outside the drain

The 'door jamb'

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Getting back to base-ics

As we carried on with Trench C3 yesterday we extended the trench slightly to the north east to follow some nice plastered wall, to see how far it stretched.

We came across what looked like a base, which was also plastered. The corners were reinforced with substantial corner stones and stone infill.   

As can be seen, the plaster follows the base and wall very neatly. This must have been exposed and probably painted. 

As this is the area of the NW facing entrance it could have functioned as a base for the stone columns, the bases for these being found earlier and which are mentioned in the literature itemizing the demolition materials.   

The trench is now looking good for the Open Day. Meanwhile we will be looking to reduce more of the material inside the drain limits. It does look to be that they laid a substantial amount of stone as a base for the house walls, for we have dug down to this material in the space at the bottom of the picture. A small test pit inside the drain area indicates that it too has a stone level under a sandy level and a clay level. The drain follows the wall, as in Trench G1 and the gap between the two is filled with mortar. The parch mark we thought was the porch remains is in fact the shape of the drain in this area. Why they built it in a rectangle may be because they followed the shape of the porch above.