This week we have opened up Area C which is the porch of the manor house. The digger had already started before 8am! With a toothed bucket!! That could have been a disaster, but once cleaned up all was well. No step structure has been seen so far, but the drain has turned up again, as expected. How this has not been the cause of heavy machines sliding into it we don't know, as it is only a few cm under the top soil.
G1 has raised it head again too. John S. found a new wall where we thought there was only rubble. If we get the chance we could bring in the machine again and have a look under more of this dump. This wall is slightly to the south of our main wall and drain and could be either an older structure or the main wall is a repair or extension to this NE corner of the house.
We have opened a smaller trench in Area C, which should have been 5m x 5m, but due to the digger doings his own thing it is 8m x 3m. Hopefully we will find the base of the porch steps under this rubbly stuff.
We are to have an Open Day on the 15th of September in Stalbridge for villagers, members and anyone else in the area. We will have a talk, look at finds and then have a visit to site.