Sunday, 30 September 2018
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.
Friday, 28 September 2018
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Monday, 17 September 2018
Friday, 7 September 2018
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
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.